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#Inktober 2019 Day 3 – Back to the Garden

While I spend time inking, Black Eyed Susan is strangling plants in our bush garden!

The Black Eyed Susan vine is native to tropical and south Africa.  It is regarded as an environmental weed in some states of Australia – and in our WA garden!

Gotta get ‘Back to the Garden’.

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Gotta Get Back To The Garden – #Inktober 2019 Day 3



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.