in one image the flowers were sharpened substantially while the other added blur
Now I look for that, I can easily see that difference. afaict
I barely glance at the mass of daffodils - I skip right across that field and start examining what isn't a field of daffodils.
the resulting mush was aided by a tad of PP blur
The resulting mush is what I don't seem to give a second glance ;-)
love the pink tulips composition and the early bloomer (1-flower-panorama)
I can see that composition has a likeable swathe of pink and blue, and without the presence of other details like farm buildings I guess it's easier to put our own feelings into the picture - in that sense it's the more open ended picture.
And, on reflection, being a more open ended picture is quite a strength - perhaps a strength I don't appreciate enough ;-)
(Perhaps that's also the case with the early bloomer - although the bloom seems small and far away.)