Last spring a young witch hazel was added to our garden. Sometime during a spring garden supply shopping foray, a roll of marked-down garden fencing ended up in the cart. No immediate use was planned for it, but the price was right.
After returning from a trip to Mom's last September, I remembered the bargain fencing. A small piece was easily cut using a wire cutter, and a small round fence was made to protect the last of my favorite coneflowers left standing. Another was made for young Jelena, as seen above.
Early this spring I'll be watching for signs of life from victims of last fall's carnage. If any, or all of those cute little rooted hydrangea cuttings survived, they'll get their own little temporary fences, at least until they're large enough to fend for themselves. My makeshift homemade fences might not be pretty, but so far they're working.