Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mama Mia Manzanita!

Manzanita Wreaths.....
Nice, full wreaths with a soothing green hue made from

the branches of
The Manzanita Tree.
Just in and marvelous for Mother's Day!

The Manzanitas are a subgenus of the genus Arctostaphylos. They are evergreen shrubs or small trees present in the chaparral biome of western North America, where they occur from southern British Columbia in Canada, Washington to California and New Mexico in the United States.They are characterised by smooth, orange or red bark and stiff, twisting branches. There are about 60 species of manzanita, ranging from ground-hugging coastal and mountain species to small trees up to 6m tall. Manzanitas bloom in the winter to early spring and carry berries in spring and summer. The berries and flowers of most species are edible.

The word manzanita is the
Spanish diminutive of manzana (apple). A literal translation would be little apple. And the color of the wreaths we have at Brown & Hopkins is almost a light Granny Smith Apple color. Over time, the color may fade a little lighter and in some cases, depending on sunlight, may fade to a light tan.
Native uses of the plant include collecting the berries, drying them, and grinding them up into a coarse meal. Fresh berries and branch tips were also soaked in water and drunk, making a refreshing cider. Native Americans used Manzanita leaves as toothbrushes.

Manzanita branches are popular as decoration, due to their unique shape, color, and strength when dried.

Our wreaths are available for a limited time only, and are approximately 26 inches in diameter! They would make a nice statement on a large wall or over a headboard in your bedroom.

1 comment:

Farmhouse Primitives said...

Liz, Love the wreaths! Absolutely gorgeous!