Posted: 21/09/2013 at 18:57
I feel sadly superfluous....ha ha.
Phasmid, warm welcome to the forum. ,the advice above is what I would have given. Hellebores do look less than perfect at this time of the year for different reasons...diseased leaves, eaten leaves, battered leaves etc.
Its not crucial exactly when you cut off those leaves but anytime in Ocfober to early December I think is best. In late wimter the huge flower buds will appear at soil level and continue to grow to about 2 to 4' feet when they finally flower in early spring. For me they start in late December. The flowers will appear then the leaves so flowers will be beautifully and "nakedly" displayed....!
If you cut those leaves off mark the crowns with short cane. Remove all dead and dying leaves, clean the area and give a feed of organic fertilser and a mulch of compost or dried manure.
You may be surprised to see,what else comes up in your garden so just let each new season,come and go.
For me hellebores are addictive. A wide range of colours ..... doubles and singles too. Evergreen foliage and they get better every year. Nice with bulbs too.