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The New Year's Issue Yamagami's Garden Center January 16, 2020
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Featured Quote:

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

~ Benjamin Franklin

Our Picks This Month

Here at Yamagami's, we are so excited for what 2020 has in store! We're starting by celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, and the upcoming Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, the Rat is the first of all zodiac animals, and represents wealth, surplus, and the beginning of a new day.

Happy New Year!

Shrubs & Color -

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the coming spring with these standout shrubs...


In the gray, dreary days before spring makes its official entrance, enjoy a spot of sunshine in your garden with stunning, early-blooming Forsythia. In Chinese tradition, the golden-yellow color is said to represent (and attract) wealth.

'Magical Gold' - Large, buttery yellow flowers envelop the bare stems in early spring; is a stunning garden focal point when in full bloom; post-bloom, rich green foliage plays well with other plants; moderate growing to 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.

'Springshine' - Bright yellow blooms coat the stems from bottom to top on a rounded, deciduous shrub; small green leaves emerge following the spring bloom; moderate-growing to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.

Flowering Quince

According to legend, a mythological beast once roamed the Chinese countryside each New Year's Eve, sowing destruction until people discovered it was afraid of firecrackers and the color red. Flowering Quince mimic both the vibrant color and explosion of firecrackers, making them the perfect plant to ring in the New Year.

'Texas Scarlet' -Fiery red, apple-blossom-like flowers precede leaves each spring; produces greenish-yellow fruit; beautiful spreading shrub is best used in shrub borders and as background plant; moderate-growing to 3 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.

'Toyo Nishiki' - An exciting combination of reddish, pink and white blooms precede the foliage; use along a walkway or as a focal point to best appreciate the unusual flower color combination; moderate-growing to 8 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.

Edibles -

Plant these trees for luck and prosperity- and for the tart, delectable, vitamin-rich fruits our bodies crave this time of year...


Despite their citrus-y kick, kumquats are actually not Citrus! They belong to the Fortunella genus, which hints at why they are so popular in Lunar New Year's celebrations. In Chinese culture, kumquats represent prosperity and good fortune.

'Nagami' - Densely-branched tree loaded with bright orange, delicate, tart tasting oval fruit, fall through midwinter; rind is sweet and therefore the fruit is usually eaten whole; very ornamental in containers; evergreen; slow growing 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.

'Centennial Variegated' -Attractive, finely-textured tree with upright growth habit; variegated, yellow-and-green striped fruit turns orange at maturity and is larger and sweeter than most kumquats; ripens in late winter and fruit holds well on the tree into the summer.

Mandarin Oranges

Mandarins get star treatment during Chinese New Year, in part because the Chinese word for mandarin - kam - sounds similar to the word for "gold." Ensure fortune-filled vibes year-round by planting a tree of your own!

'California Honey' - Self-fertile, early spring-ripening Mandarin; rich, sweet flavor is similar to Florida Honey Murcott; grows 8 ft. to 12 ft. tall.

'Kishu' - Fruit is seedless, easy to peel, and very sweet; early ripening; not grown commercially, has become a home gardener's favorite; grows 8 ft. to 12 ft. tall.

Houseplants -

Don't let your yard have all the luck! Bring your Lunar New Year's celebrations inside with these auspicious - and beautiful - houseplants...

Golden Pothos

Use this Feng Shui favorite to freshen old, stagnant air and add good luck to your inside spaces. Golden Pothos is the perfect option for medium-to-low-light areas, and trails charmingly when set atop a shelf.

Lucky Bamboo

This plant is at its luckiest when it contains all five Feng Shui elements: Wood (the bamboo itself), Earth (decorative rocks in pot), Water (water the bamboo grows in), Fire (red ribbon tied around pot), and Metal (the pot; glass pots also count as Metal, or garnish your bamboo with a metal coin or figurine).

Fruit Trees Are Here!

Our fruit trees are all potted up and ready to go! This year, we have Apples, Cherries, Persimmons, Peaches, and so much more. Take home the newest member of your backyard orchard today!

Coming Events

Saturday, January 25 - 11AM | Fruit Tree Talk & Pruning Class with Rose

Learn all the down-and-dirty secrets you need to grow your best backyard orchard at this comprehensive workshop. Talk topics will include different root stocks, dwarf trees for container gardens, disease-resistant varieties, planning for success, and choosing the right plant for the right space. Multiple pruning demos for different tree varieties will round out this not-to-miss workshop!

Sunday, January 26 - 11AM | Seed Starter Class with Grace

Start the New Year off right... from seed! Join Yamagami's employee Grace to learn the tips and tricks you need for seed-starting success, and discover the wide world that awaits you when you start your garden from the ground up.

Garden Center Scrapbook
Farewell to Flower

Shop dog Flower the Chihuahua has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She is survived by her dad, Yamagami's employee Steve, as well as many adoring friends. Her presence brought joy and fun to the nursery. She will be greatly missed.

Featured Recipe:

These Chinese dumplings signify family reunion, as many families gather to prepare them on New Year's eve before eating them together at midnight. Because their shape resembles ancient Chinese money, they also represent prosperity. Symbolism aside, these dumplings are chock full of exciting flavors. Don't let the homemade dough intimidate you- it couldn't be simpler, and the bragging rights are well worth a little extra effort!

Serves 4


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Up to 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 cup ground pork or beef
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 green onion (spring onion, finely minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups Napa cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 4 tablespoons bamboo shoots (shredded)
  • 2 slices fresh ginger (finely minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and finely minced)

Mixing bowls
Large stock pot

  1. In a large bowl, stir the salt into the flour. Slowly stir in the cold water, adding as much as is necessary to form a smooth dough.
  2. Knead the dough into a smooth ball.
  3. Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While the dough is resting, make the filling; in a bowl, add the soy sauce, salt, rice wine, and white pepper to the meat, stirring in only one direction.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the same direction, and mix well.
  6. Turn the dough out and divide into 60 pieces. Roll each piece out into a circle about 3 inches in diameter.
  7. Place a small portion (about 1 level tablespoon) of the filling into the middle of each wrapper.
  8. Wet the edges of the dumpling with water.
  9. Fold the dough over the filling into a half moon shape and pinch the edges to seal. Continue with the remainder of the dumplings.
  10. To cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  11. Add half the dumplings, giving them a gentle stir so they don't stick together.
  12. Bring the water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of cold water. Cover and bring to boil again.
  13. When the dumplings come to a boil for the third time, they are ready. Drain and remove.
  14. If desired, they can be pan-fried at this point.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions:

  • Perfect Pairing: Lychee Sparkling Wine
  • Thinly-sliced fresh ginger
  • Thinly-sliced scallions/green onions
  • Dumpling Dipping Sauce (see recipe below)

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar*
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil*
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili oil*
*Available in the Asian section of your local grocery store. Preparation:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and hot chili oil.
  2. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Place Chinese dumpling dipping sauce in small bowls or dishes for individual dipping.
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Since 1948, Yamagami's Garden Center has been committed to the promotion of beauty and the plants, products and friendly, professional support needed to attain and maintain that beauty. In my parents' footsteps (and Taro Yamagami's before them), I promise to continue that tradition. I invite you to visit us in the nursery and on our website, for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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