A watercolor sketch of the Hardy Hibiscus that is now blooming in our yard. The giant 8″ flowers usually burst out overnight and only last for a few days. They are gorgeous while they last over a couple of weeks. The Hardy Hibiscus is hybridized from wildflowers that have the largest flowers of them all, these are yard shrubs that are winter-hardy as far north as New England. The hybridized flowers originated from the solid red species called Scarlet Rose Mallow, Texas Star, and other common names and the most famous wild species that grows wild in wetland swamps from Massachusetts to Florida. Holbein watercolors on the last page of my current Stillman and Birn sketchbook.