Happy New Year!

Regardless of whether this is the last year of the old decade or the first year of the new one, here's wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

There's no better way to kick off the new year than with a photo that celebrates the beauty of nature. I took this panorama just this afternoon (January 1, 2020) at Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) in the snow

2020 has quite a ring to it. May it deliver on the promise it holds!


  1. Fingers crossed! Happy new year Gerhard!

  2. Happy New Year! Nature, wild places, they just never disappoint.

  3. A Happy New Year to you too. What a perfect spot to start the year full of promise.

  4. Happy New Year! I was in JT over New Year's as well - it was an amazing site covered in snow.. I've only been there in the summer before. Looking for your help on a very specific question. I saw your post from 2015 and 2017 about the dwarf jacaranda "Bonsai Blue" you planted in late 2016. I'm looking to get one,and there is some conflicting information out there about the height where it tops out, as well as its rate of growth. Monrovia describes their cultivar as "Quickly reaches 10 to 12 ft", but other sources say it tops out at 6 ft. How is your bonsai blue doing? How big is it now? I love the idea of a 10-12 ft jacaranda, but it really doesn't work in my situation if it tops out at 6 ft. Thanks!

    1. Happy New Year to you, too!

      Regarding the jacaranda, you're in luck! I think 10 ft is much more realistic than 6. I keep whacking mine back, but it really wants to be taller than what I have in mind :-).

    2. Interesting. I asked Kris Peterson the same question about his Bonsai Blue, and he said that his has only grown to about 3 ft tall after 3 years. I guess its a little bit of the luck of the draw and conditions on the ground re what you get with this cultivar. I guess i'll go with a regular Jacaranda and try to keep it pruned.. easier to do that than to get a tree to grow faster than it can. Thanks again!


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