milkweed Backyard Almanac - enjoying July's "calendar plant" By Lisa Johnson • Jul 28, 2017 ©Bryan French. Used with permission. Larry Weber's already looking forward to what he calls "Awesome August," but he's not done enjoying the cricket-sized little spring peepers, wood frogs and American toads yet, either. And milkweed and fireweed, he says, "own July." Backyard Almanac - May, June, Milkweed, August ... By Lisa Johnson • Jul 14, 2017 Courtney Celley/USFWS Duluth set an all-time record for heat back on July 13th, 1936 (106 degrees - down by the lake, mind you) but this year (yesterday) we barely crept to 57 degrees. Berries and flowers and mushrooms, oh my - and let us not forget milkweed.