A stroll down the garden and there on my Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer was this lovely little shield bug. I've looked it up and found its name: Hairy or Sloe Shield Bug, Dolycoris baccarum. It loved this bloom and spent most of the day perhaps feeding from the stamens which open on each of the small inflorescences, slowly until the whole dome is covered with orangeness after several days.
The shield bug colours reminded me of my new little vase, so I snipped off the first few blooms from the plant which I only planted in July, then a few leaves of a geranium growing near by, and some dark sword shaped leaves from Ophiopogan Planicapus Niger, more commonly known and far easier to say, spell, and remember: Black Mondo Grass. There are many more blooms for any bees, or shield bugs flying into the garden.
This week Cathy has gone all Vintage, and what a lovely quilt as well. So do go and see her arrangement this week, as well as peeping at what others have come up.