Persicaria polymorpha, White Fleeceflower

Persicaria polymorpha, White Fleeceflower  or White Dragon Fleece Flower, grows in USDA zones 3-9. This photo is from a stand growing in the MN Landscape Arboretum. The plant is quite tall; over three feet. It seems to have originated in China or Japan. The white flower has an intriguing texture; however, the fragrance was not especially attractive (to me). There are diverse descriptions of growing the plant, so it must grow and adapt in a variety of conditions.

Bridalwreath Spirea (Spiraea prunifolia)

Bridalwreath Spirea

Bridalwreath Spirea (Spiraea prunifolia)

I prune this Bridalwreath Spirea with a wicked shears and still it comes back and explodes into a Spring blossoming veil. It is a deciduous shrub from China that blooms in the early Spring’s full sun. It has a pungent fragrance that I don’t particularly care for; however, it’s not offensive. It is typically listed as hardy in zones 4-8. This bush is about five feet tall and just as wide. It is about 13 years old.

Tiny White Moth

Tiny White Moth

Tiny White Moth

This white moth was only about .25 inches long. I have not been able to identify it but, it is pretty.

White Caterpillar

White Caterpillar

White Caterpillar

I think this caterpillar is Edwards Wasp Moth (Lymire edwardsii). I’ve seen the moths in the area this autumn. I found the caterpillar last weekend while tending the garden. It is small, about .25 inches long and very fuzzy. At first, I thought it was a piece of cotton or stuffing. At this point, the caterpillar’s color matches the several inches of white snow covering the ground. I hope it’s tucked away!

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

Iceberg Floribunda Rose

I think this is an Iceberg Floribunda Rose  [Rosa Iceberg (‘Korbin’)  rose Iceberg (bush floribunda)] – at least that’s what I bought it as. It has been growing since about 2000 and flowers profusely over the summer months with a perfect rose fragrance. It’s making a grand last stand for blossoming. It’s buds appear as a gentle pink and explode the next day into these bleached-white voluptuous petticoats of roses. They are short-lived as individuals, but there are so many and for so long, it seems to be ever blooming during the summer. It has wicked thorns and will spread if allowed. I have it planted with a red weigela and it is quite beautiful when both bloom simultaneously. Iceberg Floribunda is described as disease resistant – although, the Japanese beetles do like it – and hardy to grow in MN.

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

The European Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae) is often considered a pest to those working in the garden to raise cruciferous vegetables. Today, I saw a lot of these guys out and about. The link says the single spot on the wing indicates it is a male. They were on the asters today – about the only thing left in blossom – but, I understand they prefer the mustard family.

Winter Thyme

Winter Thyme, Thymus vulgaris

Winter Thyme, Thymus vulgaris

I’ve grown this small Winter Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) for several years. It is the only thyme I have tried that winters over just fine. I remember seeing it on a “plant show” – probably on PBS – but, I couldn’t find it to reference it. I only found a seed company. I bought it, originally, at the Friends School Plant Sale in St. Paul, MN. This thyme grows only a few inches tall, and is very cute with these tiny white blooms in late August. It’s nice to have something new blooming this late in the season.