The thistle withstands heavy rain and windAwesome! It's sorta a spring ritual for me to keep an eye out for when the bees hit our lavender out front. Some years if the weather lines up, there are tons of flowers for the bees to get, other years the bad weather makes the flowers fall off or the bees come late.
The large rhodies in the back of this pic are covered with bees.I have 8 or 9 large rhodies in the yard. In the past couple of weeks the sound of buzzing bees around these plants as they reach full bloom is easily the dominant sound. Hundreds of them. Mostly native bumblebee brush bombers.