So what I do is eliminate, simplify and change. It makes it easier for me, and it "reads" better when it's done.
I got rid of many of the flower buds, changed the dead cactus pad in the center, and used some, not all of the prickly pear pads.
I finally finished it this week. What do you think? The client saw it just before I got done, and she was very pleased. I had gotten the feel of the picture, which is what she wanted.