They were colourful and seemed to last much longer (probably because of the cool temps and rain).
I had many compliments on how nice it looked (which for an amateur, "do the minimum gardener" like me is pretty flattering).
So I find taking the clippers to it all a little ruthless - and timing is never certain - we could get another run of warm weather next week! However the fact it was 27 F this morning (yep) and frosty convinced me today was the day. I learned my lesson the year I left it too long (ugh, a lot of mushy leaves to contend with).
The one good thing I can take away from it all is this. I've had my garden several years now and it always comes back - may be not as nice as this year but it always returns.
Nature is pretty awesome that way... Enjoy. Jewels