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'Eye Paint ®' rose References
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 61.  
Doug Grant. Capricious Nature.
.....Plants such as roses which are also cross-fertilised with insects as well as being self-fertilised can have a much more complicated position. There is a much greater chance of variation and mix-up of traits in each generation. This is part of the reason for seeing what we do see. This is also why Sam McGredy can breed two varieties such as 'Matangi' and 'Eyepaint' from the same cross-pollination'.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 192.  Includes photo(s).
('Eyepaint', 'Tapis Persan') A scarlet Floribunda with a white eye and whitish reverse. McGredy (New Zealand) 1975. (Seedling x 'Picasso') Flowers continuously. Disease resistant. Height: 75 cm (2 1/2 ft.)
Book  (1990)  Page(s) 113.  Includes photo(s).
Photo. 'Eyepaint', framing entrance to surgery of the late Dr. Ken Patterson of Blenheim. Photo courtesy of Kelvin Banks, Nelson.

[Note - This photographed rose towers 3 or 4 feet above the doorway height]
Book  (1989)  Page(s) 66.  
John Martin. Shrub Roses Old and New.
'Eyepaint'. Large sprays of single scarlet flowers with a white eye and golden stamens. A spectacular, tall, spreading shrub. Spinosissima and Floribunda breeding.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 10.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (1986)  Page(s) 92.  Includes photo(s).
Sam McGredy: Have a look at 'Eyepaint' and then look at 'Matangi' on page 52. They are the most unlikely sisters imaginable, yet they are from the same cross, if not from the same seed-pod..... 'Eyepaint was originally only a nickname. In 1969 I had so many seedlings with hand-painted blood in them somewhere..... Nicknames are so much easier to remember than code-numbers. So I had Eyepaint and .... in my breeding house that year.....but the name 'Eyepaint' just seemed appropriate - and stuck. One of the maxims of the nursery trade is "single roses don't sell."...... Consequently, I didn't have much faith in 'Eyepaint's chances. Not only was it single but the flower was small, too. Then I had a letter from Fred Edmunds in Oregon saying he had sent some plants out on a test market and was getting a good reaction. In Copenhagen, Belfast, London, New Zealand, Japan and Belgium it received awards. The British Association of Rose Breeders gave it the B.A.R.B. Award. As a rose-breeder, my chief delight was a special award from The Hague trials for achievement in rose-breeding. What 'Eyepaint' lacks in size of bloom and petallage, it makes up in quantity of bloom and general effect. There is no more arresting sight than a fully grown plant absolutely covered in hundreds of blooms. The colour holds all the way to petal fall. There is not another rose even remotely like it.
Book  (1983)  Page(s) 45.  
Don Sheppard. Final Analysis 1982-83
'Eye Paint' McGredy 1975 (Seedling x 'Picasso') 7.6 rating. Early reports indicate that most appreciated this release, that it was not a rose for the formal bed or border in the usual sense. This one was either a specimen or better still one to be planted in a shrubbery, ideally amongst dark foliaged shrubs. For here
the masses of small single red blend blooms would really make that contrast and that focal point so desirable. All forty seven reports from over the past five years are highly scored, all speak of the grand mass or colour, the very quick repeat and the plants great health. The bush grows well if left reasonably alone, reaching a height of six feet and as many around. Some growth does flop under the weight of flowers, but in an informal shrub such as this one is, that is not a fault. It is completely healthy, but red spider do like it. So the general concensus is that in 'Eye Paint', Sam McGredy has a winner. A rose best suited for the shrubbery and one left to its own devises needing only a cull out and trim now and then.
Book  (1982)  Page(s) 23.  
Don Sheppard. Review of Newer Roses 1981-82 Season.
'Eye Paint' (McGredy '75 - Seedling x 'Picasso). Red blend with yellow eye. No. of reports 8. Years grown 4. Average height 6'. NRS rating 7.5. All reports report a really great shrub rose, grows well, producing masses of flowers, repeating very well and that petals drop almost before they've faded. All agree it is not a rose for a rose bed, the shrub border is its home.
Book  (1981)  Page(s) 47.  
Jim Humphries. Review of Newer Roses 1980-1981 Season.
'Eye Paint'. Vermilion and Gold: 5 reporters: 5 years: 140cm: NRS rating 7.5. Hastings: One for the shrubbery. Palmerston North: Vigorous, thorny, healthy. Deadhead for repeat flowering. Milton: Tall, healthy, repeats well. Eye-catching when in full bloom.
Book  (1980)  
p115. Review of Newer Roses.
'Eye Paint' Vermilion. No. of reports 7. Years grown 4. Average height 140cm. NRS rating 6.9
Nelson: Must be planned as a specimen shrub to give maximum effect. Richmond: One for the back position. At its best early. Has repeated slowly this year. Disbud the stems. Taranaki: Still growing, now using as a climber.

p122. Symposium on Floribunda Roses. Canterbury Rose Society, 1979.
'Eye Paint' We received five reports about this new release. It came thirteenth on our list, but all report it in some detail. Four write enthusiastically about the "novelty" and difference this rose has to offer. They all say this should be let to become a shrub, for as one, you will see it as its best. Two mention also when seen amongst other roses, in a formal rose bed, it looks "odd" and positively "unrose" like. Put in a shrubbery with a green background, then you have a real spectacle! Our fifth reporter just says it is very vigorous and forms a good bush. The foliage is small but very plentiful, in a darkish green colour. It sends up many new basals each season after the spring flush of flowers are over. Only one mentions any real disease worrying her bush and that is blackspot, though she does admit it could be caused by the plants situation. Another says he found red spider to be very attracted to its foliage. Apart from this, the other reporters say their bushes appear to resist all diseases, and rain and spray damage. But it is the little five or six petalled flower that is the main attraction, for they have very bright red or vermilion petal with a yellow to cream centre or eye, and golden stamens. Throughout the season it is seldom without several of these little red eyes peeping out from the leaves. When it is in a flush the whole bush is just covered with flowers which grow on the ends of the shoots and short laterals. It repeats very quickly all season. They come in large trusses mostly. Deadheading is a waste of time, for the petals drop very easily, heps form in large quantities, yet it continues to produce new ones. There is little fragrance. This is certainly no Show Bench rose but a shrub rose for a background or in a shrubbery - all five recommend it when used thus.
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