If you may remember, this year I let the common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) grow a bit wild. This plant spreads by rhizomes to form colonies, and I let it for the most part, removing only those stems that came up in the middle of the path.
All to attract Monarch butterflies of course -- of which I saw a handful. And to feed the monarch caterpillars -- of which I saw none. The milkweed has flopped all over the place now, and I'm tired of it.
Blocking the path, looking ugly...
...so I chopped it back:
I didn't dig up any of the roots so it will be coming up everywhere next year, but at least I have my path cleared (somewhat)...
...and things are looking more tidy.
Hopefully the monarchs have found other places nearby to lay their eggs and that's why they didn't use my patch, but I'm also hoping that next year is more productive in the caterpillar area.