To find a way to stop crushing my floppy flowers where they encroach on the paving.
These flowers are in the left hand bed, next to the pavement where we need to walk to visit area's of our back garden. We could of course cut across the gravel but for the second year running, a very nervous Gold Finch has chosen to nest in our back archway. Daring to walk through that sends her off the nest and last year, her eggs didn't hatch (not surprising really is it). Just checked and through the foliage, I can see a little head hair of a baby finch. Hooray!
We need to keep the path as clear as possible, look as nice as can be without the flowers looking as though they are in straight jackets! Oh yes, and as cheap as can be, nearly forgot that.
We had some chunks of wood, a little leftover black garden fence paint and some newly bought in 10' bamboo canes. As the base of these canes are quite wide, we realised the thinner ends could push into them, stabilizing the fence a little more. You can see what I mean in the picture below, to the right of the black wood:
DB duly sawed, trimmed, made holes in, then painted the wooden bits. Working together to hold various bits as stable as possible, we manhandled the joined canes through the holes then hammered the uprights into place: