I opted to try to make the flower “come forward” by compressing the values in the background… by getting rid of the lightest tones in the leaves, except where they were needed to make cast shadows more visible. The theory is that tones hanging somewhere around the mid-range (mid-way between highlight and deepest shadow) will cause the viewer’s eye to go automatically to the area(s) of highest contrast. So, I intensified the blacks immediately around the flower, and tried leave as much of the white paper showing in the lightest areas of the flower as I could to play up the contrast factor.
I have no doubt I’ll go back and tweak things after I haven’t looked at it for awhile, but I’m calling it finished. Thanks to those of you who have offered feedback thus far; I appreciate it very much!