This is how you get really smooth, lovely satin stitches. Outline in split or chain stitch, fill in the area with chain or long & short stitches, and then do the satin stitch. The underlying stitches support the satin stitch and help it to lay smoothly.
Sew & Saunders' Embroidery Pays Homage to Leaves In Sew & Saunders' embroidery, the greenery are the stars of the hoop. There's a variety, from broad leaves to tiny buds, all that are an homage to nature.