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Cut the two long shoots down to about 6 inches (15 cm ). They will sprout from the bottom then to give you a bushy plant.
Tootles, it sounds like its too dry. If you tip it out, wet it, (or get the men to "water" it, tip it back in, it should help it break down faster.
OOh I like Mrs Ranicar, Does it set seed , Dove?
If you put them upside down in the compost bin, they will be fine. If you do find somewhere to stack them, turn them upside down and cover with black plastix to exclude light. They make lovely soil to use in potting mixes.
looks like an advert to me.
Its probably too young to flower. if its in a sunny position, it will flower sooner than in shade, although it will tolerate some shade.
The leaves are off as it is a deciduous shrub. Mine has been flowering on the bare stems since December.
What is the pink one called , Panda?
David, my brother puts boilers in all the time-- he gets them from B&Q on a trade account.