'MEIhelvet' rose References
Website/Catalog (4 Jan 1999) Page(s) 38. Includes photo(s).
Sonia ('Sweet Promise') Meilland... One of the most widely grown of the florist's Roses and great for gardens, too...
Book (Dec 1998) Page(s) 556. Includes photo(s).
Sonia Description... This is probably the most popular greenhouse rose in the world. It bears salmon-pink flowers that are suffused with coral to yellow... 'Sonia' was one of the top money earners for the House of Meilland...
Book (Sep 1993) Page(s) 247.
Until the mid 1960s, if you bought a bunch of pink roses at Covent Garden, the chances are that it would have been 'Lady Sylvia'. Today it will be 'Sonia'...
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 561.
Grandiflora, pink blend, 1974, (MEIhelvet; 'Sonia Meilland'; 'Sweet Promise'); 'Zambra' x ('Baccará' x 'White Knight'); Meilland; C-P. Bud long; flowers pink suffused coral to yellow, double (30 petals), high-centered, large (4-4 1/2 in.); very fragrant (fruity); foliage glossy, dark, leathery.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 212. Includes photo(s).
Sonia Large-flowered hybrid tea. Parentage: 'Zambra' x ('Baccarà' x 'Message'). (aka 'Sweet Promise', 'Sonia Meilland', MEIhelvet) France 1976. Description and cultivation... flowers: light pink... a very good glasshouse variety...
Book (May 1992) Page(s) 404. Includes photo(s).
Sonia ('Sweet Promise', 'Sonia Meilland', Meihelvet) Hybrid Tea. Meilland (France) 1974... Soft silky-salmon blooms...
Book (1988) Page(s) 140-141. Includes photo(s).
Sonia Classed as a Floribunda. Description... Good under glass...
Book (Apr 1984) Page(s) 146.
Sonia Meilland 1970... china pink
Dr. A. S. Thomas. Rosae et Cetera.
p21. 'Bingo' and Sonia are grown in greatest numbers in Israel for the cutflower trade at present.
p23. In Morocco....hotel decorations consist almost wholly, everywhere, of Sonia brought from Southern France.
p24. Roses on sale in London are almost wholly Sonia, 'Bingo' and 'Minuette'. Even in the summer they are all from "glasshouses" - young, tight blooms. They and the foliage are free from damage. They retail at about 90cents (Australian) a bloom even from street barrows, in the summer when roses are blooming in home gardens.
p25. At least two thirds of the roses in the beautiful florists shops and stalls in Paris and the provincial cities were Sonia. They were sold at $2 to $2.40 (Australian) a bloom in early September when roses were still in flower out of doors. The blooms were young, tight uniform and smell but in perfect condition - typical "glasshouse" productions.
p25. We saw few roses in historic Avignon. They were all in shops and all were Sonia and 'Visa' and 'Bingo'
p27. [In Switzerland] Sonia (glasshouse grown) dominated the beautiful flower shops and street stalls along with a few 'Visa'. The minimum price was about $1.80 (Australian) for each young flower. In the millions of roses sent to Aalsmere by Israel, Sonia predominates, of course, followed by 'Bingo', 'Visa', 'Minuette' and 'Korgold'.
Book (1975) Page(s) 110.
Dr. A. S. Thomas, Victoria. Some of the New Ones.
Sonia. HT. (Meilland, 1972). I cannot find any reference to its parentage. A delightful salmon-pink rose of only medium size but of perfect form and slow to open. It has broken into the very exclusive top few roses grown for the lucrative cut flower trade in Europe in an incredibly short time and in a very big way. Named for Alain Meilland's only child.