Late this afternoon, I noticed that my butterfly weed was peaking through the dirt by my mail box, about 1/2 inch, and took pictures. But I decided to see if any common milkweed was up yet, and found a sort of double bud. The vertical one is just over an inch tall. It showed up today, because I checked both places in the morning, and there was no sign of life in either area. I didn't see any other common milkweed, but have a lot of vegetation that could be hiding it. And a truck made a rut in the front stand when it backed into my driveway and veered off the blacktop. So I'm hoping I won't lose any .
My milkweed is over 2 weeks later than previous years when it would show up in late April.
Round Lake, IL
Latitude: 42.4 Longitude: -88.1
Observed by: Susan
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