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The Springtime Hues Issue Yamagami's Garden Center March 10, 2020
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Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"As through the poplar's gusty spire
The March wind sweeps and sings,
I sit beside the hollow fire,
And dream familiar things"

~ "Long Ago," Chambers' Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, 1868 October 24th, by William and Robert Chambers

Our Picks This Month

Time to spring forward! Here in the nursery, we're obsessed with between-season color you can enjoy now, fruits and veggies you can enjoy later, and garden statues and baubles you can enjoy anytime at all. Stop by for a visit, and let us help you spring forward in style...

Shrubs & Color -

Trade your winter blues for springtime hues! Spring-blooming shrubs and trees are getting ready to pop - and many are already starting their yearly show. Here are a few trees and shrubs we think are the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums.


Add brilliant color to your landscape with an Eastern Redbud! These ornamental trees aren't fussy, and their clusters of tiny magenta buds put on a show for weeks each spring.

'Black Pearl' - Dramatic lavender blooms in early spring; dark purple, heart-shaped leaves create dramatic contrast in the landscape; shade tolerant; grows to 20' tall with a 25' spread.

'Lavender Twist' - Rosy lavender-pink flowers completely cover bare, slightly contorted, weeping branches in early spring; can develop a beautiful umbrella of cascading branches if trained when young.


In its natural habitat, dogwood is an "understory tree", meaning it grows surrounded and protected by larger trees. Garden-grown dogwoods require protection from sun and harsh conditions, but their ethereal beauty makes them well-worth the effort.

'Satomi' - Attractive horizontal tiers of branches help make this small deciduous tree popular. Splendid pink to red bracts followed in fall by hanging red fruit. Autumn leaves have red-scarlet tints.

Flowering Plum

This popular specimen tree shows up everywhere, and for good reason! Its blossoms herald the beginning of spring, and its reddish-purple leaves are stunning in the summer.

'Krauter's Vesuvius' - Profuse light pink flowers precede dark purple-black summer foliage. A phenomenal ornamental accent that seldom produces fruit. Deciduous.

Edibles -

Take advantage of the last chilly days to plant one final round of cool-season veggies. Here are a couple things you can still enjoy while you're waiting for tomato season...


Beloved by home gardeners, nothing says "spring" like garden-fresh strawberries! Here are two varieties proven to thrive in our Bay Area climate.

'Ozark Beauty' - Superior quality berries on vigorous, fuss-free plants; everbearing variety produces fruit from spring through fall.

'Everbearing' - Produces fruit beginning in spring, with intermittent crops throughout summer and early fall.


With a sweet, earthy flavor and truckloads of vitamins, the humble beet is the forgotten hero of the vegetable garden. Now is the perfect time to introduce yourself!

'Early Wonder' - Ready to harvest in 50 days; pre-1811 heirloom variety; smooth, round beet produces lots of tall tender greens; delicious pickled, fresh, cooked, or in borscht.

'Bull's Blood' - Ready to harvest in 40 to 52 days; very tolerant to heat and cold; dark red foliage is great cooked and mixed in with salads; roots are deep red-maroon with pink rings inside.

The World In Miniature

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

~ "Auguries of Innocence", by William Blake

Have you jumped on the terrarium train yet? We have! These small, self-contained ecosystems are the perfect way to bring the beauty of nature indoors. Stop by the Terrarium Station in our Houseplants Room for ideas, supplies, and some ready-made creations waiting to grace your home.

Glam Your Garden

New garden gifts have hit the shelves, just in time for spring! Come browse our constantly growing selection of windchimes, rain chains, statues, fountains, and more, and take your garden game to the next level...

Coming Events

Mar. 15, 11AM - 1PM | Citrus Tasting Event

This event has been cancelled

Mar. 21 & 22, 11AM | Veggie Class | FREE

Join Yamagami's staff members Hannah and Grace for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your summer vegetable garden.

Mar. 28 & 29 11AM | Veggie Class | FREE

Sit down with Nursery Pro Grace for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your summer vegetable garden.

Apr. 12, 9AM - 2PM | Easter Sunday SALE

Celebrate spring with our annual Easter Sunday Sale! Pick an egg at checkout to receive 20% to 50% off your entire purchase.

Garden Center Scrapbook

Come take a walk around Yamagami's. We've got lots of beautiful blooms - from houseplants to flowering trees and shrubs. Have a quick online look then come in and see it all!

Featured Recipe:
Shaker Lemon Pie

Finally, the perfect use for all that winter citrus! This recipe takes its name from the ascetic Shaker movement, and uses every part of the lemon for a truly mouthwatering pie. We guarantee you won't want to waste a crumb...

Serves 8

For the Filling

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 large lemons, zested and thinly sliced, seeds discarded
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp. flour
For the Crust
  • 1 3/4 cups flour, plus more
  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 5 tbsp. ice-cold water

9" pie plate

Start the filling:
  1. Toss sugar, salt, and lemon zest and slices in a bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
Make the crust:
  1. Pulse flour, butter, shortening, and salt in a food processor into pea-size crumbles.
  2. Add water; pulse until dough forms.
  3. Divide dough in half and flatten into disks; wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.
Finish the filling and bake the pie:
  1. Heat oven to 425°.
  2. Whisk eggs in a bowl until frothy.
  3. Whisk in melted butter and 3 tbsp. flour; stir into reserved lemon mixture.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk dough into a 12" round; fit into pie plate.
  5. Trim edges using a knife, leaving 1" dough overhanging edge of plate; pour in filling.
  6. Roll remaining disk dough into a 12" round and place over top of pie.
  7. Pinch top and bottom edges together and fold under; crimp edges and cut 5 steam vents in the top crust.
  8. Bake until crust is golden, about 30 minutes.
  9. Reduce oven to 350°; bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Perfect Pairing: Prosecco, or other light, sparkly white wine
Top with fine lemon zest and finely grated chocolate

Recipe from Saveur New Classics Cookbook.

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Native Planting Mix
Ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

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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Eden Vally
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Soil Building Compost
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