Asclepias incarnata sprouting
We are having prolonged winter here in Oklahoma, with below average temps. During the past week, we have had over 5 inches of rain. This rain is long overdue. Today I ventured out on the spongy lawn to check for returning milkweed. Last year's milkweed was up by now, and I had eggs. I found that the Swamp Milkweed is putting up shoots of new growth. So, there will be LFP available for the Monarchs when they arrive. I also have a couple of flats of A curassavica setting out. I went back and checked my records on Journey North--yes, you can check your reports--for the past 5 years. It's interesting to see the dates I reported the first MW sightings and first Monarch sightings. This year is not the latest for milkweed. Last year, we definitely had an early spring.
I hope that you will report your sightings to Journey North for your area of the country.