Stunted (?) Irises
I have a garden in the form of a quarter circle with an area of about 50 sq.ft. It gets the full So. California sun all day.Rose bushes are planted along the straight sides. Bearded irises are planted in the interior. They are not thriving.The initial planting was about two years go. The leaves are there and they are green but not of a size I think that are characteristic of healthy irises. This spring I have gotten just two flowers and these are curiously formed. The first stem started out perpendicular to the ground as would be expected but then proceeded to bend over in an arc until it was touching the ground. The flower formed with the stem in this position so that it appears that it is coming directly from the ground. The stem of the second flower was similarly deformed. It started out straight and perpendicular to the ground but about half-way up it bent over for a few inches and then resumed growing perpendicular to the ground. The net effect is to produce about a 3" offset between the upper and lower sections of the stem. The blossom developed normally.