HUDDERSFIELD is blooming with the joys of spring.
Thousands of crocuses have sprung up, signalling the start of springtime.
And they have arrived three weeks earlier than expected.
Paul Marshall is the manager at Kirklees Council’s Bradley Nurseries, where the flowers are grown.
He said: “Lots more have been planted in the last couple of years; hundreds and thousands perhaps. They have been springing up much earlier, which is why they are more noticeable.
“I would say they are three weeks early. We don’t usually see them bloom until the middle to the end of March.
“I think they make a superb gateway to the town from all directions, so that everybody who comes into Huddersfield will see them and notice how lovely they look.
“We are also using many more colours than the usual yellow ones, just to make them stand out more.”
The crocuses are just one of a few new additions to plants throughout Kirklees.
Banana plants and palm trees are adding an exotic touch.
The green-fingered gardeners at the Bradley nursery are sowing more than 110,000 seeds, which will be planted in the town’s parks and open spaces over the coming weeks.