A bit more than the buds, actually, but with my usual botanical ignorance I don’t know what the bit at the back of the flowers is called. Whatever it is, I’ve done them, too.
Anyway, the buds proper at the centre of the design, worked in long and short stitch in Madeira stranded cotton 0105 and 0106:
And a close-up, where I hope you can see a bit of shading from the lighter shade at the back end to the slightly darker one at the tip:
The back of the flowers, whatever it’s called, was stitched in the same colours, with the exception of where it blends into the stem, which I shaded using one strand of 0105 and on the pale green used for the rest of the stems, 1409:
I ought to have taken a close-up of one of them, too, especially to show the shading on the stem, but I forgot; I’ll have to try and remember in a future post.
The last lap next: the flowers themselves.