Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:58
The pix turn the right way when you enlarge so it's no problem
It looks like you've had a bit of previous damage lower down which you've pruned out Badder, but it seems to be growing well so it can't have damaged it too much, but Verdun grows these and he'll be able to give you much better advice than me. A good mulch after watering will also help prevent it drying out too quickly. You might want to take all the little dead bits off lower down where you've previously pruned though... and maybe do a little weeding round the base....
Not sure about the white but I expect it's something quite obvious!