I am not sure if you can see this plant very well but it is an acer that I got free from an offer in Gardeners' World. It arrived in a little bit of soil in a bag in a cardboard box and quite honestly looked dead. We were away at the time so the nieghbours took it in and kept it for us. I then planted it out as soon as I could but didn't hold much hope for it as it looked very dry and twiggy.
That was in February... there are now buds appearing on the plant and I am over the moon as it looks like it has survived! Will continue to update you on its progress throughout the year.