For the stem I used another TAST catch up stitch: linked double chain stitch. These big flowers needed a sturdy stem. The thread is Caron Watercolors Gobi Sand. It is a variegated thread of which the very light colors appear in the center patch.
The two ugly beads form the base for buds.
The first ribbon stitch hides most of the bead.
Two more ribbon stitches left and right.
Btw this is really the same fabric as on the photo above.
Some fiddling to neaten the bud.
Two buds finished plus stems.
A little butterfly to complete this corner.
I think the balance is restored quite a bit now.