'Auckland Metro' rose References
Book (2000) Page(s) 94. Includes photo(s).
‘Auckland Metro’/MACbucpal/’Métro’/’Precious Michelle’ = Hybride de Thé – tons blancs, remontant…. nombreux pétales imbriqués, cette rose blanche au cœur crème, bien parfumée, est souvent portée en larges bouquets, chaque corolle au bout de sa longue tige… Buissonnant, robuste et doté d’un ample feuillage sombre et brillant, plutôt trapu et convient bien massif… très apprécié en Nouvelle-Zélande, ainsi qu’en Australie où il porte le nom de ‘Precious Michelle’ en hommage à une jeune femme de Queensland. McGredy, Nouvelle-Zélande, 1988.
Article (newsletter) (Jun 1999) Page(s) 3.
Auckland Metro... This beautiful white, double hybrid tea blooms in great profusion. "In hot, dry climates, it turns into an ugly yellowy-green ball which refused to open -- avoid it," McGredy [the rose's breeder writes in his book, Sam McGredy's Favourite Roses.]
Book (1995) Page(s) 30.
p30 John Martin. I believe the characteristics of truss formation in such varieties as 'Auckland Metro' and 'New Zealand' is a break-through, giving many more flowers per plant and a greater show in the garden. The influence of these and other roses will be very strong in the new varieties of the 21st century.....
Book (Sep 1993) Page(s) 60. Includes photo(s).
Auckland Metro (MACbupal) Large-flowered. Sam McGredy 1987... palest pink to almost white, flowering almost as freely as a Cluster-flowered Rose... known as 'Precious Michelle' in Australia, in memory of the young lady who is also commemorated by 'Michelle Joy'... 'Sexy Rexy' (unnamed seedling x 'Ferry Porsche')
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 31.
Auckland Metro Hybrid Tea, white, 1987, (MACbucpal; 'Métro'); 'Sexy Rexy' x (Seedling x 'Ferry Porsche'); McGredy, Sam. Description.
Book (1992) Page(s) 88.
Nola Simpson. Review of Newer Roses for 1991-92 Season.
'Auckland Metro' (MACbucpal); McGredy 1988; ('Seaspray' x 'Dreaming') x 'Ferry Porsche'; creamy white; 27 reports on 40 bushes; 1-4 years; 1 metre; 7.7 rating. Well reported on from most parts of the country this year and most rate it as a very good garden rose and the bloom is best at the full open stage. Bears a big crop of blooms at each flowering but, takes a long time to repeat. Does not stand rain well and is at its best in the warmer weather, has a lovely fragrance.
Book (1991) Page(s) 84.
Don Sheppard. Review of Newer Roses for 1990-91 Season
'Auckland Metro' MACbucpal; McGredy 1989; ('Seaspray' x 'Traumereii') x 'Ferry Porsche'; creamy white; 14 reports on 18 bushes; 1-3 years; 1.1 metres; 7.7 rating. Reports this year come from Kaitaia to Dunedin, but mostly in the North Island. Velvety strong petal texture, good clean colour and fragrance help make this non-classic formed rose a really beautiful fully open bloom. It starts its work in late spring and disbudding can be practised, as most stems carry two or more buds. Most find repeat is rather slow, and often the second flush is not as good as the first. The medium shiny green foliage is a great foil to the blooms. Except in Feilding, where some rust and blackspot occurred, it is very healthy. A recommended rose for garden delight.