I drove there today with list in hand. Last year, March 4, we bought a hodge podge of hopefuls, many of whom bit the dust over the ensuing year. I'm still hoping the desert peach and desert lavender are just dormant and not dead. Cross your fingers for me.
This year I knew exactly what I wanted. In the front are 2 artemesia tridentata (Great Basin sagebrush), 4 hyptis emoryi (desert lavender), 1 forestiera pubescens (desert olive - dormant, back, right), 1 atriplex lentiformis (quail (salt)bush - back, left), and 1 yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree). I passed on another simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) and they were out of hesperoyucca (Yucca) whipplei (Our Lord's Candle).
We have no Joshua Trees on either of our properties. Now we will have one. I was reminded, as I bought it, of the saying,
A society grows great when old (wo)men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. - Greek ProverbEven though the Joshua Tree is not truly a tree, and the shade it offers is meager, the idea holds. This tree will be for our children, and all the children coming forward. But I can imagine it and one day my ashes may feed it as I rest at its feet.