Red Christmas roses at our house.
A reader sent this holiday note: We ordered 100 roses through Gary and Merri Scott to be delivered to our present address in California for distribution among eight ladies in the family on Thanksgiving day.
The flowers arrived Tuesday, two days before the holiday just as promised. They were tightly packed in four bunches of 25 each. They were divided into 7 dozen + 16 that ended up with my bride of 41 years. Normally with local U.S. roses one cuts the stems at a sharp angle on the bottom and stores them in the refrigerator for a couple days. The roses from Ecuador have stems on them over four feet long. These long stemmed beauties cannot fit into any domestic refrig. that I know of. Place them loosely packed into deep heavy vases full of fresh cold water and the buds open into the largest blooms you have ever seen. Change the water often enough and they will look beautiful for over two weeks. We nursed ours along for three weeks. Jump in, – the water is fine. You will be glad that you did. Will be interested in hearing about your experience.
Take time to smell the roses and be good to yourself.
Thursday, December 18 is the last day left to order Ecuador Christmas roses delivery.
White roses at our house.
Here they are…on our kitchen table…and
the other half go in our living room in front of the fireplace.
At Christmas they are magical and we put them everywhere.
I learned last year that Ecuador roses can fill some shopping gaps….great to send roses to others for their holiday cheer. Christmas shopping done..hooray!
Your roses include a personalized card so you can have fresh Ecuador Christmas roses yourself or send them as gifts.
The Ecuador rose plantation offers two color choices, farm choice assorted or red and white (on orders of 50 and 100 roses). There is a $10 surcharge per 50 for the red and white rose selection.
Merri and I love Ecuador for the warmth and friendliness in the hearts of its people. We also love Ecuador’s beauty. When an opportunity to send Ecuador roses and raise money for the poor occurred, we grab the chance.
The first I wrote about Ecuador Christmas roses, we made a special offer and sold over 20,000 roses that raised $8,000 to help Ecuador’s poor. The money was used to provide schooling for gifted indigenous children, to buy an InFocus projector used in our free English classes for Ecuadorian children and to help repair an Ecuadorian school. Since then our rose sales have been helping send Ecuador children with their schooling.
There and then I decided to continually offer Ecuador roses.
The minute I receive your order, I’ll put you directly in touch with the rose plantation which will reserve your color option either red and white, or farm’s choice.
This is a batch of 100 fresh Ecuador roses that Merri and I enjoyed earlier this year.
You can order 100 fresh roses and save. Enjoy the abundance of 100 fresh cut roses! UPS charges the same to deliver 50 or 100 roses so the price per rose is much less on orders of 100.
Buy 100 and make eight bouquets of 12 roses. which make incredible Christmas gifts!
Order 100 fresh cut roses for $139 here. 100 farm choice $139.00
Premium Quality Roses
Though this is perhaps the lowest price for roses you will see, these roses are special, not like anything offered in a store or even at most florists. These are premium roses with extra large heads that open fully.
Fresher Quality Roses
Most roses go from Ecuador to Miami by air then are stored in Miami then shipped by truck until they sit in a store. They can be a week or more old when you see them. The roses you receive from this offer are cut and stored overnight, driven by refrigerated truck to Quito Airport and flown to Miami to a special refrigerated facility, then flown to your destination for immediate delivery to your home or office. This means they last longer.
Here are fresh Ecuador roses in Cotacachi.
Environmentally Clean Roses
The roses your receive are certified by Veriflora. The VERIFLORA seal is a real, green program that regularly spot check farms for ecologically sound systems that include:
1- Water and ecological conservation: implementing water management systems to prevent depletion of fresh water supplies.
2- Product quality: implementing practices to ensure the quality of the product through the whole chain of delivery to the final consumer.
3- Advanced agricultural practices: integrating organic practices wherever possible. To only use approved green label certified pesticides. To allow no discharge of pesticides run off into the environment.
4- Waste management: recycling and composting as well as the proper disposal of agricultural chemicals.
Certification means the growers have met or exceeded the requirements. There is no middle ground with Veriflora, no differing levels of certification. You either are ecologically sound and certified, or you aren’t.
That means you receive environmentally friendly roses.
Here are some of my Thanksgiving roses. Compare that head size to anything you see in a store.
Fair Trade Roses
In addition the Verflora seal requires the rose grower to be socially responsible adhering to recognized labor and community standards, specially pertaining to health and safety, work conditions, hiring practices, discrimination, harassment and fair pay.
The growers offer every single one of their workers:
-free doctor and medical treatment at the farm for workers
-day care facilities for infants
-free breakfast and lunch (and dinner when they work late)
-free sports and recreation facilities
-small business loans -when workers want to leave to set up their own small holding farm
-workers fund for financial help with school fees to buy a car, etc
-complete health and safety equipment provided free -helmets , gloves, masks, etc
-paid maternity leave with a guarantee of work when they want to return
-overtime paid over and above the legal requirements
-Christmas parties, summer holiday excursions, sports tournaments
-a safe and secure work environment with job satisfaction and potential for personal development
There you have it…three great reasons to experience the warmth of the people and beauty of Ecuador this Christmas…the freshest…the best and best smelling roses…and you help the environment and the poor by having them delivered into your and your loved one’s homes.
All Ecuador Christmas rose orders will be scheduled for delivery on Tuesday December 23 delivery only.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 is the last day left to order Ecuador Christmas roses.
When you order, the rose farm will email you a UPS tracking number when the roses are shipped from Ecuador (four days before delivery) to make sure you’ll know exactly when your roses will be arriving.
I regret that, due to customs regulations, our rose supplier cannot deliver roses in Canada.
Merri and I dry our fresh Ecuador roses as they age and continue to use them. Here are 100 dried Ecuador roses on our stairway in North Carolina.
Here is a table setting Merri and I created after our Thanksgiving roses finally drooped.
Now you can take time to smell the roses this holiday even at breakfast…at affordable prices as well.