This thing is really amazing. When we first bought the house, a massive windstorm literally ripped it from the roots. I replanted it, propped it back up, and held it upright with a system of bungie cords. Now it is immortal, produces tons of flowers with no real maintenance, and grows out several feet within a month. It frequently gets to the point (heh.) where you cannot get in our out of a car, or enter through the mud room, without being stabbed by a nice thorn.
We plan to cut it way back down and some point, but it provides a lot of shade, and privacy to the side of the garage.
Well thanks for reading my stupid story.
Have a dog.