i just read the posting guidelines a bit, and it's a little different then when i was here last, so let me fill in some missing details.
i shot this with a rebel xt at F/5, 1/500 sec, 150mm focal length, iso 200, i was in hawaii on vacation and just thought it looked nice. this is probably one of my favorite pics of all the ones i took on vacation, due to the colors. I've already cropped the original a little bit and adjusted some of the levels to give it a little more pop and remove a yellowish tinge that the image had.
I hope you dont mind me editing your pic. This is my version (very quick edit.
A few things i did to your image:
1. I felt your image was a tad soft, wondered where exactly the focus point was on the flower. So i used an unsharp mask.
2. Th epoint of interest is the flowers. Last thing you want is any distracting highlights or objects in the background. You obviously didnt want the background since you used shallow depth of field. In addition, in photoshop i created an addjusted curve layer and basically made the background darker while leaving the flowers intact.
3. One of the nice features of the flowers is the hint of yellow. I created an addjusted contrast layer to bring out the yellow in the flower.
I agree that the image is a little soft. I think Alison tried her best, but you should go back and apply the sharpening to the original. This is one of the reasons I don't suggest shooting in JPG. When you sharpen, you also sharpen the artifacts.
Soft focus can be nice, but my personal taste is less than a lot of people's. Here, my eyes start to water trying to bring it into focus. I don't think it needs a lot, but some around the edge to separate it from the background would be nice.
I have to say that I really the original edit best although not sure why, I just like the added space. My eye was immediatly drawn to the dead/dying bloom at about the 2 o'clock position. Maybe another flower or just pluck it out.