Try out this method of making a flower with tiled clones. Adding randomized elements makes this great fun to play with. You can get addicted to pressing the Create button though.
Create an ellipse (petal). Unset fill, Remove stroke.
Control-drag the rotation (cross-hairs) to a point below the object.
Go to the Edit menu, Choose Clone > Create Tiled Clones.
Remember position: unchecked
Rows 18, Columns 1
Shift Y -100
Rotation > Angle 20 Randomize 1.2
Blur & Opacity > Fade out Per Row 18.2 Randomize 71.5 Alternate (checked)
Color > Initial color: Pink
H (Hue) Per Row -5.7