This year, I got me some smarts and used orange survey markers to flag antelope horns (Asclepias asperula), an important milkweed host plant for monarchs, on our property. In years past, I marked them with tongue depressors. This system worked MUCH better! All I had to do was mark them, take a few photos, then remove and count the flags.
For spring 2017, I counted 15 antelope horns in our Meadow!
In 2016, I marked 14 in the Meadow.
In 2015, I counted 12 TOTAL for our entire property
(eight in the Meadow).
We are expanding our numbers every year!
Add two in our back yard (one planted, one volunteer)...TOTAL 17 antelope horns on our property!
These last two antelope horns (below) live on our neighbor's property that adjoins the Meadow. Her sweet family puts up with crazy me and doesn't mow them down.