Very nice pose and photo taken under duress
You could clone out those three brighter green leaves at left and replace with the darker background.
That may help get more the result you were after.
I admire your perseverance.
Man, I'm attempting to PS them out, and it's not working out too well haha Will keep working on it, but my hope is I get some better light and the Blackpoll is still here, and I get lucky.
Here's another couple from today: