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you may have pruned to hard or their natural span of life has come to an end ,about 5 years in my garden and I always take stick cuttings.
put them out into a cold frame until they are ready and frosts are no threat.
no,at least I have never done so and bloom o.k.
yep,slugs really do ,and so do snails
I don't know but it looks like lace wings have attacked it or some sort mould.
that is very good , hope others will copy your good work,
best to wait until frost danger is over and that they have rooted well.
garlic is a good one ,made by putting a clove into a bottle of water and leave for a day before use. It helps but you need other protection as well or soapy water is another,its on going battle.
they like a lot of sun and water plus manure and don't pull the stalks to soon. you could force them by covering with a pot (big).
flumpy1 I got them at B+Q.