My moso bamboo has put out shoots. We planted it three years ago. It has had its time to sleep and creep, so now it's time to leap. I'm not worried about the weeds. My golden bamboo is good at keeping weeds out of its area. We have both clumping and running bamboos on our property.
We don't have forsythias here, but we do have Carolina jasmine. They put out bright yellow flowers on long vines this time of year. They don't have any fragrance--I'm not even sure if they are related to the fragrant jasmine--but the color makes up for it.
Meanwhile, I am out there in the garden trimming, planting, and pulling weeds.