“Now is the month of Maying, when merry lads are playing,” and serious gardeners turn to growing. And weeding. I confront the goutweed, “the cockroach of the gardening world.” savvygardening.com
Mrs. M. Grieve’s A Modern Herbal calls it “a common pest of orchards, shrubberies and illkept gardens.”
The patch under the weeping cherry in my own ill-kept garden gets busy early, smothering hostas, ferns, and astilbe as they try to emerge. The mayapples, in the same patch, seem to have made an alliance with it and are mimicking its reproductive fervor.