PS ants are carnivorous, they don't damage bark
I think it may be that the mature bark is forming. I don't think it's doomed. That smooth white bark is only on young trees and smaller branches. I'll go and see what mine looks like this afternoon and take a couple of photos
Can we see a photo please?
Did you take any photos, sheps?
I can remember seeing loads of worms on the surface but not for years. But maybe I would if I went out to look
I think they're not getting enough light in relation to warmth so growing fast and getting leggy
I didn't think they liked damp and shady. The few I've grown have been hot and dry
When mine gets tatty I dig it up, pull of the scruffy leaves and replant it with the woody bits under the surface. It seems to work OK but I do that after flowering, I'd just pull of scruffy bits now
Can I ask which wildflowers you were thinking of sowing. Most of the packets of 'wildflowers' don't grow in grass at all.
That sounds about right Hosta
Re the dark purple hellebores. They are dramatic in close up but agree with Obelixx, the lighter ones make a better display in the garden