Close up photo of the pink branches. Stem Stitch the main branch in Green Embroidery Thread 2 Strands. Ribbon Stitch is applied slightly away from the stem stitch. Add 1 or 2 French Knots in a darker pink embroidery thread 1 strand at the end sitting inside the fold. Straight stitches in the same green are added to frame the buds and connect to the main stem. The slender leaves varying in single to clusters are also in straight stitch. As an Australian I can see this used to interpret many of our Native Flowering Bushes. Geraldton Wax, Grevilleas for eg. and am sure there would be other varieties wherever you may live.
Fly Stitch can be an alternative as a background if you want to bring the Ribbon Work to the forefront. It is easier to fill in the gaps with the use of embroidery thread. Sometimes too much of the work in Ribbon can over power what you want to achieve. You will see that in the free designs I have used this stitch to create a fern or baby's breath to balance off a design.
The Pansy Buds are 2 or 3 Ribbon Stitches in 7 mm Ribbon and I have added different colours of ribbon to enhance the areas of the Pansy. For instructions and Tutorial on Embroidery Stitches Follow the Link to the top Right of my Blog and visit http://pintangle.com/stitch-dictionary/ Sharron has loads of stitches you can learn from and use with Ribbon Embroidery.