Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:57
Fairygirl: it was the previous climbers we had that were well over the wall from both sides - much stronger shoots and branches, (honeysuckle) and very easy for the mice to climb up.
Once I dug all the old climbers out, and had the (unsafe) wall rebuilt without any plants growing up, the mice did not come back again like they had after previous pest treatments
I think the pest control man was right that that's how they got into our loft and I don't want to risk it again. The clematis is no risk yet, I know, but with the capability of growing 20 foot or more it is only a matter of time? So I need to keep it contained and, preferably, bushing out nearer the ground.
I used vine eyes on the adjoining wall, (on the other side) to train the wisteria (also pictured somewhere on this forum). The thing is I just don't want the clematis going over the top; I want to keep it low (even though I know that is not its nature.