Many of the wildflowers in our garden at Balligar in Western Australia have turned out to be weeds – officially declared pests! This has led to much thought about the concept of weeds – or “matter out of place” as described by E.J. Salisbury (a botanist) – and germinated the seeds of a new series. This is a prototype inspired by the Arum Lilies that grow in clumps in the lower part of our property.
Done using permanent ink and watercolour pencils on Arches Watercolour paper. Border and text added using Publisher.
All comments, critiques, recommendations and suggestions welcome!
about half of the plants in my yard are ‘weeds’ as well; i always let a volunteer grow for a few years or until it’s finished its cycle and deemed itself worthy or not worthy. there have been some amazing surprises, and they are so much more at home in this dry rain forest climate than tender hybrids!
thanks again for skipping across the pacific and finding my blog!
Weeds can be beautiful pests 🙂
Arches paper is lovely to work on isn’t it … such a light freshness in your work Helen !
Thank you Poppytump. Yes, Arches paper is lovely to work on. Just wish it was cheaper in OZ! I draw first on tracing paper to reduce wastage. 🙂
Hi Helen … it’s very expensive here too :-/ so I’ve done the same before now 🙂
So much beauty in an “out of place” plant. How long does it take a weed to be a native? Thinking that all our eucalypt’s have been described as weeds by some as they replaced massive numbers of oak and other species that were common in times past.
Love the drawing and look forward to the series :-)xx
Thank you DO. Yes, the concept of a weed raises many questions and possibilities. 🙂