Flippin' heck I've gone all painterly! Well some would say I've been that way for quite some time ... might as well go the whole hog and start oil painting. On second thoughts, maybe not, I like pencil points, a clean environment and control over my medium too much!
So here is where I'm at with this. I continued with the background very loosely with the same pencils as before. I dithered about how much to define those buds at the bottom. If they are too well defined they could end up being a bit of a distraction from the main flower focus. The jury's still out on that. I've kept the pencils sharp and used them very lightly, just mixing the different hues on the paper. I keep layering to a minimum and don't like to obliterate the paper ... that would feel like I was working against the paper rather than with it, if you see what I mean.
So yes, it looks more like a painting than a drawing. I'm quite pleased with it as it is but I'll put it away now for a while then possibly tweak it some more if it needs it.