I started with the leaves first… I’m not sure why…
and added the blossoms afterwards, but wasn’t thrilled with the results. (I even lightened the leaves some and added a bit of texture, after these photos were taken. Which helped a bit but didn’t solve the problem.)
So I tried the blossoms first, then the leaves, and did several layers. And added texture to both leaves and blossoms this time.
Better, anyway. But lifeless. I’ll keep practicing 🙂 I can see where more varied colors would help, and leaving more white.