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06-Aug-2022 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

"Grandpa" at 100 Degrees (2022)

Actual Temperature: Fahrenheit

Or 37.8 Celsius

With the High Humidity added in, the Heat Index was a miserable 108 degrees Fahrenheit or 42.2 degrees Celsius - in the shade. The above pretty hibiscus sat in the full sun where the temperature was undoubtedly even higher. What caught my eye was that although it was a very fresh bloom, the edges almost immediately had started to curl from heat stress. Within a few hours, the entire flower was totally wilted and completely dead. Extreme heat seemed to speed up the aging progress. We've had quite a few 100-degree days this year.

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Warm, friendly, big and strong, giant hibiscus 'Grandpa' blooms with huge 8-10" single flowers in rings of light orange, vivid orange and pink around a small red eye. 'Grandpa' is the child of giant orange mother 'Radiant' and tried and true red, yellow and pink father 'Flamboyant.' The bush is very upright, medium sized, and the flowers present beautifully on all sides. Released from HVH in 2019. Hybridizer: C. Black

Canon EOS R6 ,Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
1/125s f/18.0 at 105.0mm iso125 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Mieke WA Minkjan16-Aug-2022 12:05
trees and flowers suffer by these high temperatures
even stressed the flower is beautiful photographed V
LynnH14-Aug-2022 03:15
The hot Texas sun will burn the blooms. This is such a lovely flower and it looks great wilted. :) V
Dennis Hoyne14-Aug-2022 02:03
Hot! The colors of this bloom are like fire, it never got above 69°F here today.
carol j. phipps12-Aug-2022 23:05
Intense Color. The Black-eyed Susan’s are the survivors in my yard. They have crowded out everything else. V
Jola Dziubinska12-Aug-2022 16:24
Poor flower, so beautiful and had to suffer a lot. Did it get back to life at night, when temperature dropped down? V.
larose forest photos12-Aug-2022 13:24
My goodness, that heat is unendurable, and no wonder then that the poor flower shrivelled. V