Posted: 16/04/2013 at 14:33
The hedge looks more like ordinary laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) to me. Portugal laurel has darker and not so wide leaves, and a different 'look' to it.
I haven't found that responds well to a hard prune. But it has responded well to a VERY hard prune. Taken off at the ankles it grew well, higher up and I got more die-back.
I can't get focussed on the first one., that's me to specsavers as well.
The rose needs a good prune.