Dear reader, it has taken me ten years to reach this point, but I have to hang my head in shame and make an apology.
I have written often that I am not a fan of evergreens unless they are the ones I like.
I have written previously about the laurel that occupied the whole top corner of the garden when I moved in. I summarily had the laurel cut down but it refused to die. It refused to die so often I had to give it points for perseverance and in the last couple of years I have let it be.
and then I went to visit Burghley House where I saw this.....
If I thought about it then I would have said of course it must have some sort of flower/fertilising mechanism; but I had never given it any thought at all. I had dismissed it totally as a plant group. This then raised a question, what about the remnant of laurel I had back in the garden. The generally ignored and occasionally sworn out unwelcome plant that (maybe I am over-egging this) I pretty much despised.
On closer inspection.....
Anyhoo, not only is it now allowed to be, now it has a reason to stay and is welcome. I admit my mistake and apologise to it with all sincerity.