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Echinocactus grusonii

Richard Russell
Dow Theory Letters
Jun 22, 2009

California is suffering from one of its greatest droughts.

We just bought a house on the edge (entrance) of La Jolla, and what's this?

Why it's me with my new Cactus garden of golden barrels (Echinocactus grusonii). Many La Jollans have never seen anything like this, and they stop to take pictures. I tell them, "Take a good look, in five years all San Diego is going to look like this."

OMG, more Cacti! This man is a nut!

San Diego has been called "the nicest mid-Western town on the Coast." Actually, most people in San Diego come from either the mid-West or the East. And they're used to having beautiful green lawns. Which is what they've planted here.

San Diego is a land of semi-desert, and green grass doesn't belong here. San Diego is naturally a land of desert plants and Cacti. I'm trying to show La Jollans what they should be planting and it isn't grass. It drives me crazy to see all these displaced San Diegans waste their time (and water) putting in lovely mid-Western-type lawns. That will change. San Diego is about to establish water-restriction rules.


Jun 19, 2009
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