Gary Scott is Nuts

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“Gary Scott is nuts about Ecuador roses”.

Somebody said I am nuts about Ecuador roses.  What can I say?  I love them. The rooms in our home seem empty without roses.


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This means there are some special Christmas savings and a new package that reduces the cost of Ecuador roses from Christmas.

First here is a tip on how to make your Ecuador roses last… and last…. and last.


For example here are some roses going on two weeks that still look great.

A friend who recently ordered a bundle of Ecuador roses sen this note.

Gary, Since this is our first experience with “fresh cut and shipped roses” we did a little research about proper care upon arrival.  Some of it seems a little over kill but basically I bleached a 5 gal bucket, filled it with luke warm water plus plant food then cut the stems at 45 degree angle while under water then quickly moved them to the bucket.  After 2 hours in the water to stablize them I unwrapped the blooms gently to let them start expanding and breath.  Tomorrow we will prepare 3 vases with warm water and plant food and move them to the final vases.  The directions say to “redo” them every 2-3 day’s with fresh water and more plant food and they should last for weeks—we’ll see. :-)   Thanks for your help—-Roberto seems to be a very nice man.

Those are really good steps for making roses last a long time… but I added a few more tips and wrote:

That’s the full Monte of flower care!


2 dozen Ecuador roses.

Here are a few more tips that will help you enjoy the beauty of your Ecuador roses for a longer time.

First keep off TV or any electronic and out of any breezes.

Do not crowd the flowers. I have found that 12 or 18 roses in a vase will last longer than 24.  They open better and last longer.

For example the 24 above in one vase won’t last as long as if I split them up like these below.


white and bi color.


The nature of the flower also has an impact.  Some roses have quite a large stem and a smaller head. These last longest.

The roses with thin stems and larger heads do not last as long.    As soon as they start to dip their heads, I cut them fairly short and put them in a short vase… they continue to look great like these which are now about two weeks old.


The bi colors below are a really long lasting rose.


I find that putting just a few roses in a vase, like these three which are about two weeks old, causes them to really last for a long time also.

Now Order 25 Roses

For the first time ever we have been able to arrange delivery of smaller amounts (25) of fresh Ecuador roses.   see details below.


25 roses in our dining room.




You can order long lasting Ecuador roses form Christmas below.


Ecuador Christmas Roses

Ecuador fresh cut Christmas Roses can be ordered from now until noon EST December 16, 2012.

christmas roses

Red Christmas roses at our house.

A reader sent this holiday note:  We ordered 100 roses thru 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 by Fed-Ex. 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.

Sunday December 16, 2012 is the last day left to order Ecuador Christmas roses for Thursday December 20, 2012  delivery only.

christmas roses

White roses at our house.

Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses for $79 here.

Order 50 fresh cut roses for $91 here.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129 here.

Save $29. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and 50 farm choice roses. $169 total.

50 (25 red and 25 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $101.

100 (50 red and 50 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $149.

When our roses arrive, I usually put half on our kitchen table and by morning they are fully opened and incredible!

Here they are.


The other half go  in our living room in front of the fireplace.


At Christmas they are magical and we put them everywhere.

christmas roses

I learned last year that Ecuador roses can fill some shopping gaps and 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.

New 25 Roses in Assorted Colors.

Normally, you can have 50 fresh cut roses from Ecuador delivered to any zip code in the USA…including Hawaii or Alaska including shipping for only $91 or better still get 50 Ecuador Christmas roses at half price.

This year for the first time our supplier in Ecuador is offering a package of 25 farm choice assorted color roses for $79.  Order 25 roses here. Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses for $79 here.

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 earlier this year, we grabbed 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 a  InFocus projector used in our free English classes for Ecuadorian children and help repair an Ecuadorian school.  Since then our rose sales have been helping send Ecuador children to school.

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 who will reserve your color option either red and white, or farm’s choice.

There are five ways to obtain fresh cut Ecuador roses for Christmas.

#1: We provide a service called Ecuador Living to assist those with a genuine and immediate interest in Ecuador. This service shares our continual research and experiences in global business, living and investing in Ecuador plus our contacts. We feel the service is a bargain at $119 a year.  

Subscribe to Ecuador Living Premium Service with your Christmas rose order, I’ll reduce the 25 rose price from $79 to $50. You get your fresh cut, premium roses at less than half price. You save $29.

Fedex will deliver the 50 Ecuador farm choice roses directly to you from Ecuador.  Open them. If you are not satisfied that these are truly remarkable roses, give them back to the Fedex driver and let me know. I’ll give you a full refund.

To assure the refund, your address must be correct and you must inspect the flowers with Fedex when they are delivered. If you are not satisfied, the roses must be returned at the time of delivery.   You must assure that someone is at the receiving address who is available to inspect and sign for the roses to assure the guarantee.

Subscribe to  Ecuador Living Club $169.  Get 50 Farm Choice Ecuador Christmas Roses. Save $29.

 #2: If you do not have a great interest in Ecuador but just want these incredible, fresh roses,  it’s easy to just order them for $79 for 25 roses or $91 for 50 fresh cut roses including delivery by Fedex. ($10 surcharge for red & white roses).

This is not a deal that helps my pocketbook.  We donate more than this for scholarships to help the Ecuador children.  That’s okay…the cause is worthy.  Merri and I will share the joy of the gifts you help make… Christmas gifts for poor children in Ecuador.

Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses for $79 here.

You can order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91 here.

#3: Order 100 Fresh Ecuador Christmas Roses

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!  Fedex 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 $129 here.

#4 – 5  The 4th and 5th ways to order is to reserve 50 or  100 red and white rose color choice.

50 (25 red and 25 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $101.

100 (50 red and 50 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $149.

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.

christmas roses

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 Fedex facility until, then flown to your Fedex destination for immediate delivery to your home or office. This means they last longer.


Here are fresh Ecuador roses at our hotel 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.

By March of 2007 the co-op that sends your roses had certified 144 acres.

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…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 Thursday December 20, 2012  delivery only.

Sunday December 16, 2012 is the last day left to order Ecuador Christmas roses.

When you order, the rose farm will email you a Fedex 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.

This offer ends by noon EST, , December 16, 2012.  All orders received after noon on this day will be scheduled to be delivered after Christmas scheduled for before New Year’s Day.

I regret that, due to customs regulations, our rose supplier cannot deliver roses in Canada.

Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses for $79 here.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91 here.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129 here.

Save $29. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and first rose order at half price. $169 total.

50 (25 red and 25 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $101.

100 (50 red and 50 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $149.


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.

Christmas rose

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.


Christmas roses

Order 25 fresh cut Ecuador roses for $79 here.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91 here.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129 here.

Save $29. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and rose order. $169 total.

50 (25 red and 25 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $101.

100 (50 red and 50 white) Ecuador Christmas roses $149.