My favorite part of the conservatory, other than all the general over-the-topness, is the Waterlily Display. I was lucky enough to be there while people were working and got to poke through their refuse bin and see the underside of Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’. The chamber-like structure was fascinating and the thorns were a surprise.
I laid down on my belly, legs sprawled out behind me, to take pictures of the waterlilies, unconcerned as to how I looked. When I saw this family of "plain folk", I only pretended to take pictures of waterlilies and instead took two of my favorite photos, ever. They composed themselves, without asking, as if they were posing for a Dutch painter.