Time to bust out the ol' staging trick that I used every time we had a house for sale and the front had to look picture perfect at all times. The ingredients: one geranium bush (now 75% off since they're 'summer flowers') and some wire cutters.
Here's where it gets real complicated.
Cut. Then poke. Since the leaves are real and cover up most of the stem, only the blooms show. Perfectly spaced. Perfectly colored. And once the others decide to open, I can just pull them out and save 'em for later.