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'Picasso' rose References
Book  (1987)  Page(s) 47.  
Sean McCann. ....But if you have a slightly shaded spot, try 'Picasso' or .....
Book  (1986)  Page(s) 34.  
Niels Poulsen, is my blood-brother in roses. Not that we will not argue about the respective merits of roses. We tease each other unmercifully and from time to time Niels has been very good at keeping my feet on the ground. When I raised 'Picasso', I was sure I had raised a world-beater. He very quickly told me that all my agents would lose money on it - and they did! He rightly saw it as only the first step on the way to something better.
Book  (1985)  Page(s) 124.  
David Kenny. A Few Of My Favourite Things.
Sam McGredy changed the world of roses irrevocably when he introduced 'Picasso' the first of the hand-painted roses in 1971.....As often happens with strokes of genius they are underestimated and this I fear has happened to this line. Next time you see one of the breed take a second look and you won't be disappointed.
Website/Catalog  (1983)  Page(s) 54.  

Picasso.  An aptly named, semi-single rose of white-painted bright red.  Vigorous and free flowering. Medium. McGredy 1971.

Book  (1981)  Page(s) 50.  
The Final Analysis 1980-81
'Picasso N.R.S. 7.5 (McGredy) ('Marlena' x ('Evelyn Fison' x ('Fruhlingsmorgen' x 'Orange Sweetheart') Cherry red with eye and reverse white. Healthy, free-flowering and vigorous. Repeats quickly and improves with age. Well worth a place in the garden.
Book  (1980)  Page(s) 108.  
New Zealand International Trial Ground Results 1970-1980.
1973. Gold Star of the South Pacific for the best Floribunda on Trial: 'Picasso'.
1973. Certificate of Merit 'Picasso'.
Book  (1978)  Page(s) 40.  
Review of New Roses 1977-1978
'Picasso' Cherry red and silver. 13 reports; 5 years; 90cm; N.R.S. 7.1. Christchurch: Really a low shrub. Cambridge: A fine breakthrough that still holds its place. Wellington: Plenty of flowers, improves with age. No problems.
Book  (1978)  Page(s) 129.  
.....'Picasso'  was perhaps a premature introduction, in the sense that its breeder was able to improve on  it within a few years. The regular pattern of carmine and white upon the petals was something entirely new, and very beautiful when at its best. But it was  not consistent at every flowering, and the variety suffered from dull foliage. However  it was the first, and therefore a landmark in roses. It was introduced in 1971,  and  the parentage  given  is `Marlena'  x  ['Evelyn Fison' x    (Orange Sweetheart' x  Fruhlingsmorgen')]. 
Book  (1978)  Page(s) 101.  
Sam McGredy. A Hand-Painted Family Tree.

Breeding chart which shows the 1966 date and parentage of 'Picasso' as 'Marlena x MACjose.
Book  (1977)  Page(s) 33.  
E. F. Allen, Awards To New Rose Seedlings In Great Britain In 1976. 
TG No. 3286 ['Marlena' x ('Evelyn Fison' x ['Orange Sweetheart' x 'Fruhlingsmorgen]) x ('Little Darling' x 'Goldilocks') x ['Evelyn Fison' x ('Coryana' x 'Tantau's Triumph') x ('John Church' x 'Elizabeth of Glamis')]]. Another "hand-painted" floribunda, by Sam McGredy, with young foliage which is dark, coppery purple and this contrasts well with the interesting flowers which are vermilion pink in colour, shaded and pencilled greyed maroon, the flower centres being much paler. Each flower has 10 to 12 petals. Trial Ground Certificate.

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