COLOURFUL crocuses are beginning to bloom across Calderdale.
The arrival of the pretty purple, lilac, white and yellow flowers is considered to herald the start of spring.
Phil Johnson, nursery supervisor at Manor Heath Park, Halifax, said: “They are bang on time this year, but they are going to be poorer this year than in previous years.
“Last year when they came into flower the ground was really dry and the foliage died off too soon, so they didn’t have time to regenerate their bulbs.
“Looking at ours in the park, the flowers are smaller and there are not as many. They look a bit sad this year.”
He said the next flowers to begin unfurling from their buds would be daffodils.
The park is expecting a bumper crop of the bright yellow blooms in its Field of Hope for the cancer charity Marie Curie.
Mr Johnson said: “The buds are just starting to swell.
“Looking at them I reckon it’ll be another fortnight and then they’ll flower.”