Dale, of course, I meant cropping in the field with the camera, not in PP. After the fact, well we can crop seven ways to Sunday. Although I do not have any great reason or inhibition to cropping, as a general rule I like my images full or nearly full frame. It is not always easy with a non-full view frame camera to crop critically.
I wasn't thinking about any other cropping, in-camera or PP. I was just taking a fresh look based on other peoples' comments, and thought that a crop of the soft area off of the left would increase the average amount of color in the image (best explanation I can give off the top of my head), which in my view would compensate for the lack of an interesting stem below the flower (if that were possible, who knows?) But it's interesting, isn't it, that many experienced artists would take a look at that image and immediately think "where's the stem?" I could be reading this wrong, but hey, comments are free.