Posted: 14/01/2014 at 17:54
I grow,this variety too.
I wonder if vine weevils were the culprit.
I am determined to keep my Pink Marble compact so I pruned back quite hard in its first,year and since.
Just re read,your post and now think caterpillars or snails were the nibblers. Weevils tend to eat notches and dont "decimate" leaves like that.....in my experience anyway. tiny snails in late summer can wreak havoc but caterpillars were a maor menace last year on a wide range of plants.
I would use nematodes Jess in the spring assuming snail damage