Category Archives: Balligar Weeds

Time Out – Day 11 Inktober 2017

Time out in the morning for coffee and retail therapy with a BFF.  Time outside in the afternoon to rescue a few of our grass trees from the evil Black Eyed Susan.

Time Out – Day 11 Inktober 2017

Made a mess of the sun dial – but I’m out of time!


Time For Tea – Day 8 Inktober 2018

On day 8 we interrupted our weeding regime and enjoyed the company of friends over afternoon tea at our place.

Freesias, a weed in our bush garden, graced the table.

Time For Tea – Day 8 #Inktober2017


Matter Out Of Time – Day 2 Inktober 2017

Matter Out Of Time: Kiss Me Quick – another ‘weed’ soon to be gone from our bush garden!

Matter Out Of Time – #Inktober #Inktober2017

Kiss Me Quick is the common name for Red Valerian which is regarded as an environmental weed in Western Australia.


The Clock Is Ticking! Inktober 2017 Day 1

It’s Inktober time! The clock is ticking!

I committed myself to it for the third year running.  My self imposed constraints are:

  • Black and orange ink
  • Subjects related to clocks / time, flora and my day!

It’s been a struggle to keep up already but I do have an ink drawing for each day of October so far.  Technical issues have prevented me from posting until now.

Having just returned from a fantastic 5+ months trip around Australia we have a lot of gardening to catch up on.  Orange Trumpet Vine and Red Honeysuckle sadly don’t belong on our bush block.  Their time is up!

The Clock Is Ticking! #Inktober 2017


No Naked Ladies Here Thanks!

The beautiful, showy, naked ladies from SW South Africa are very fertile, so much so they tend to elbow out natives.

Naked Lady is a common name for Amaryllis Belladonna which blooms in the Perth Hills of Western Australia during our early Autumn.

Here these ladies are considered an environmental weed so by picking the ornamental flowers I have a gorgeous bouquet for indoors and help prevent them propagating via seed – win win!

Amaryllis Belladonna became the fourth subject for my series on weeds and my first painting of 2015 – even then I may classify it as a practice piece and have another go – if there is time!


Amaryllis Belladonna - Helen Lock

Amaryllis Belladonna – Helen Lock

But maybe I should heed Coco Chanel’s advice:

Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.



A Snowflake Is Winter’s Butterfly

The only snowflakes we get to see here in the Perth Hills of Western Australia are the botanical kind but we do get to see them in Winter.  Our Snowflakes are native to Europe where they bloom in Summer – it’s a fun world!


Snowflakes – Helen Lock

This is the third pen and watercolour painting in my series on Western Australian weeds.  These beautiful Snowflakes (Leucojum Aestivum) were blooming a couple of months ago when I captured them on paper.  I just love the finger like tepals sporting green nail varnish.

Leucojum is a genus of bulbous plants native to Europe.  They grow here up to 60 cm tall in winter wet habitats.  They are a priority species for control in conservation areas.  So, another plant for us to contain but not only for the sake of indigenous plants but also for the safety of our children and animals as all parts are poisonous, especially the bulbs.

Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.                                                                 – Paracelsus

How true!