1. I received [url=https://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e245/eluneth/plantehwantehs0013.jpg]this plant[/url] (another picture [url=https://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e245/eluneth/plantehwantehs0012.jpg]here[/url]) two years ago from a friend with whom I'm no longer in contact, and completely forget what it is, if I was ever told. Whoops! Any ID on it? It produces round, fuschia-colored buds, but didn't bloom last year because of late snow (and hasn't yet this year), so no flower description, unfortunately.
2. Every autumn I've had a big problem with caterpillars in my thyme. They're thin, less than an inch long, and pale green in color. They eat the leaves (leaving the veins), and also bite off stem tops about half an inch from the tip in order to make little "tents," under which they spin silk to make a loose sort of shelter. If disturbed, they drop off of the plant. Does anyone know what they are, and what I can do about them? Typically I just kill as many as I can by hand, but clearly it's not very effective, as they still leave my thyme very skeletal and straggly every year.
After doing some more research, I suspect that they're diamondback moth larvae, but thyme is listed as being a DETERRENT for them, so I'm quite confused...
Thank you so much, in advance.