The photo above is of a lavender bloom of a double poppy that was actually blooming in Chicago in late June. The past few years I grew a nice collection of, double, single and peony poppies but made a conscious decision not to grow them this year because they were attracting too much attention in my neighborhood. Catching this double poppy that reseeded itself in the garden made me wish I had sown seeds this year, but last year a lot of people thought I was growing Opium Poppies and I got tired of explaining to the entrepreneurs that I wasn't growing those kinds of poppies.
I have a few lilies in bloom now that were clearance purchases a couple of years back. I don't really like lilies all that much but couldn't resist buying the bags of bugs for fifty cents.
Daylilies are one of those plants that have "lily" in the English common name but are not actually lilies. The organge daylilies are still blooming and a couple more have started to bloom.
I'll share the pics of the others in next blooming update because I have several and they'd make this post longer.
This double blooming plant has me looking in front and backyard gardens around the neighborhood for the source of the pollen the bees or butterflies brought in to hybridize my single flowering varieties.
Another late June bloom from my garden. These allium bulbs stink like all other alliums but the blooms actually have a perfumed scent to them that reminds me of jasmine.
Don't have much of a shade garden myself besides the Bleeding Hearts and a few NOID hostas. This one was blooming late June early July underneath the tree in the front yard. Sometimes called Plantain Lily even though, like the daylily, it isn't a true lily.
What's blooming for you in Chicago?