Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:41
Thank you Nut, Dove and Fairygirl for your prompt response.
As you say, Nut, 'leaving it' is what happens in nature. My only concern there is that the existing foliage might grow too high.
I think I too would instinctively cut out anything that has died off but most of it looks healthy. in which respect, doesn't the process of natural die back allow nutrients to return to the 'parent plant'? I wouldn't want to cut off this process, if possible to avoid it.
Fairygirl, thank you for your kind greeting. Yes I am OK but rather been hibernating in among two or three new non-gardening (ie indoor)projects.
Although the winter has been mild for plants I can't say we've had any days when I have felt like going out into the garden myself. It's been just too wet or windy including, for me at least, too cold. I envy the healthy outdoor types their hardiness.