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