Well, maybe not thousands. But we’ve certainly done a good job planting the garden up for the pollinators.
The alliums, sea holly, hollyhock, veronica, salvia, verbene and others attract plenty of bees. Most are either White-Tailed (Bombus lucorum) or Buff-Tailed (Bombus terrestris) Bumblebees. The workers are almost indistinguishable visually, so I’m really not certain which.
We also have Red-tailed Bumblebees (Bombus lapidarius)
Plus plenty of solitary bees, such as leaf-cutters and mining bees, and carder bees, wasps, and honey bees.
It’s really satisfying, given the garden had almost no plants when we moved in back in 2013, to now see it so alive with insects and birds.
What I need to do next is get some video of the bumblebees when they hit the giant (3m+) Hollyhock. They go crazy in the giant flowers, ending up upside down and coated in pollen, looking like they fell in a bag of sugar.