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How to train climbing roses and others

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:59
Hi all, thank you very much for your advice. The vine eyes are screw type. Thank you for the video link, Dove, it gave me a clear idea. Lou, I googled the tensioners and although I think I know which type you meant, I'm still not sure how to use it. I think my roses are probably too small to bend (not much to bend), but will drill the vine eyes in the fence posts and wall as suggested.

How to train climbing roses and others

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 20:18


I planted 3 climbing roses last November and they are sprouting healthy shoots. Two of them are against wooden fence and the other a brick wall. I have bought some vine eyes and wall plugs. Do I just need to drill the vine eyes into the fence posts and thread wires?  I also have a winter flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima?) and a climbing hydrangea. I'd appreciate advice about how to train them against the fence/wall. Sorry about the photos - I don't know why they were uploaded sideways.



Picture Postcard Request

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:48

Hi I work in London so can get a few postcards. Please let me have the address.

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 20:39

Thanks Invicta2 for our suggestion. Unfortunately no, my wall isn't high enough. I don't have dogs either (probably best deterrent), but I may try Verdun's solution.

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:41

We may get out our water repeller thing again when the freezing temperature passes, as my neighbour's cats, once deterred by the jets of water are gradually making a come back. But at least cats do not s**t on plants and leaves.

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:54

Hi 1Runnybeak1, yes I know, we will eventually sort out the missing bricks but don't know when.  There are plenty of threads about this problem so I am well aware I'm not alone. I just wanted to have my fears (fox poo damaging the plants) confirmed by experts.

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 08:59

Hi Fairygirl, interesting you mentioned the water thing. We bought one in November out of desperation. I did my garden up last year and all my work were being destroyed by the stinky fox. Result - the water repeller definitely works for cats as cats hate water, but sadly not for fox. My husband spotted our visitor looking a bit surprised by the jets of water one night and inquisitively examining the very thing few days later 

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 08:30

Hi Verdun, Fairygirl, thank you for your response. The culprit is sometimes spotted in the garden and we know where it gets in and goes out. Foxes can jump quite high and unfortunately we have a low wall on one side as three decorative bricks are missing and that's where it comes in from neighbour's garden. We think it'll still manage to jump in even though we fix the wall (the bricks are discontinued so we've been thinking of what to do with the gap as the rest of the wall have the same bricks - no easy solution). I may put strips of carpet grippers but doubt the fox will be bothered about it.

The fox didn't eat my plants but destroyed them (broke branches, etc). It kept digging up my spring bulb pots in November (once half buried a headless bird in it and luckily for me, my husband discovered it) and I had to put them under a bench all winter. I'm not going into fox's psychology although it is a hot topic in our house, as you can tell from the catalogue of destructions!

Anyway, I shall keep cleaning up after this unwelcome visitor and put up with it as I'm fighting a war that is already lost 

fox poo on my rose

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 07:21

Hi, we have an urban fox visiting my garden daily and it s**ts on my precious plants. In the past couple of months, it also decapitated 4 fat buds out of 5 on my new Rhododendron, and savagely attacked my (also new) Daphne. I am not going to start on the deterrent as there are plenty in the forum already. I have tried everything and nothing worked. Well, I think the electric fence is the way to go but too much expense and hassle. I live in a town close to London and started having fox problem about 2 or 3 years ago.

Back to my problem - I found the thing on my rose yesterday (never thought the fox will touch roses due to thorns) and spent twenty minutes cleaning up with wet kitchen towel as it was probably done early in the week and all dried up. Some of the new shoots and leaves were wilted or discoloured and I'm wondering whether it could be the toxin from you know what or frost damage (we had a few nights of hard frost last week).

So my question is, will fox s**t damage plants or its growth and I'm right to clean it up? Sorry for silly question but I want to put my mind to rest.

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 06:32

Thank you Verdun, I'll do that. I don't want to kill the precious Salvias. So my weekend plan is potting them on in the rain (rain forecasted) 

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How to train climbing roses and others

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