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Roses from Ecuador!

Roses from Ecuador!

Roses must clear many hurdles before exported to your nearby florist.

Roses must clear many hurdles before exported to your nearby florist.

My friends James and Terri posted some images of weddings and mentioned the amazing amount some people spend on flowers.  One Jekyll Island wedding cost $100,000 – just on flowers! (See: There Goes The Bride 2)  I commented and ‘wondered’ if those flowers came from Ecuador, which prompted the question, “Does Ecuador export a lot of flowers?”

While sipping coffee, eating patacones con queso and drinking a fresh fruit juice at the Hostal Charito in Mindo Ecuador, I did a search and discovered some interesting data.

Flowers!  Flowers For Everyone Who Reads This Blog!

Flowers! Flowers For Everyone Who Reads This Blog!

From this USA site regarding trade with Ecuador: The five largest import  (Ecuador to USA) categories in 2011 were: Mineral Fuel (crude) ($7.5 billion), Fish and Seafood (shrimp and prawns) ($673 million), Edible Fruit and Nuts (bananas, plantains) ($511 million), cocoa ($247 million), and Live Trees and Plants (cut flowers-roses) ($149 million).

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While waiting to travel from Quito to Mindo, I watched many deliveries of flowers come and go via various buses.  The flowers were beautiful peering from their temporary cardboard shelters!

From www.ecuador.com: Flowers grown in Ecuador for exportation include:  Astromelias, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Daisies, Limonium, Gypsophila (“Baby’s Breath”),  Liatris, Heliconias, Carnations,  60 varieties of roses, Gerbera daisies, Sunflowers, and Chrysanthemums.  There are surely more, like the statelyc cobalt Agapanthus that anchors many gardens in higher elevations or the many-colored varieties of ginger.

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Bursting displays of astromelia graced every table at the Dragonfly Inn in Mindo! June 26, 2013

A three-bus 7-hour journey delivered me back to Jama late last night.  The thump-thump-thumping from a “San Pedro-San Pablo” fiesta planted a sense of dread that there would be no rooms at the inn!  Nearby Ciragan Hostal was full, and I suspected that all rooms would be full for another weekend celebration of the yearly event.  Luckily the local ‘super’ market was still open, so I purchased a few items for home and took a four-dollar mototaxi ride to the riverhouse.

The moon sets over the river;  wonder what surprises the day will bring!

The moon sets over the river; wonder what surprises the day will bring!

Ah, it was great to be home, and the thump-thump-thump of the music stretched its fingers five kilometers to remind me to be thankful to be home and not attempting slumber in town!

Frigates swoop and soar in lazy circles.

Frigates swoop and soar in lazy circles.

Luckily these flower images were uploaded in Mindo, as I am back on the river where the internet moves at a syrupy pace.  Have a good week, everyone, and I’ll be posting  and commenting at the whim of the internet connection!

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