Posted: 30/08/2013 at 20:07
I'd get out there now, pull up all that ivy and the ferns and everything else around it's base and make a clear circle of at least a metre diameter around it. Lightly fork over the top few inches and give it a really good soaking, two big buckets full poured slowly onto the ground around it every day for a week, rain or shine. Pour it slowly so that it soaks in and doesn't run away.
The following week give it one bucket full on alternate days. After that give it a bucket full twice a week until the weather turns cold.
Then mulch that circle of bare soil with a good layer of well rotted farmyard manure (don't let it touch the stem) and cross your fingers/pray/throw a coin in a wishing well.
Over the winter all those brown leaves will shrivel, fall off and blow away in the winter winds. With luck in the spring you'll see little green buds.
If you do then you can open a bottle of something fizzy and post another pic