First of all, wonderful, very informative article!
As I also live in southern california (Riverside County), this article was particularly helpful. I was particularly interested in your nursery pics. I have been having a hard time finding sources for desert-ish plants locally. I don't want to order from a catalog, I want to go and see it. I have found a few possible nurseries through the wonders of the internet, but was wondering if you could please recommend some of your favorites. Thanks.
PS. As I am new to this site, if I posted this in the wrong spot or something, please direct me to the right place.