I live in Puyallup Washington. I have Iris. They bloomed and then the leaves died. This last weekend I removed all the dead leaves. But I now see the buds coming up and I am wondering if I should have left the dead leaves to protect the buds in the cold winter with the snow coming.
Irisis Removing Dead Leaves
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It was probably not the best idea to cut the leaves all of the way down. There is a good chance that they will still survive, as they are pretty resilient, but the proper way to store these can be found Here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/iris/storing-iris-rhizomes.htm