‘nature’s first green is gold’

gold elm detailWHEN I REMINDED THEM ABOUT MY SLIDESHOW OF SPRING in all its yellow shades, smart readers over on A Way to Garden’s Facebook page reminded me of Robert Frost’s gleaming line: “Nature’s first green is gold,” he wrote, in “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” See the slideshow of springtime’s favorite color, or click to read the poem first.

Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Slideshow and Etc.

  1. Margit Van Schaick says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. You’re making me rethink the color: My impression was chartreuse. The infant maple leaves. About Frost’s poem, For a time, I lived in the woods and noticed that the changing light that comes after dawn is golden, if only for a few minutes. This was so precious, almost magical. I have not experienced this golden light with such intensity since moving to a more open space. Does this happen where you live, due to the surrounding trees?

  2. Julia says:

    I always think of this poem at this time of year. It never fails to impress me with how spot on the description is when I look around and see that golden flash filter through the new green.

  3. Elaine says:

    As an English major… I have to correct the name of the poem.. it’s “Nothing Gold can stay”. Lovely poem, my daughters favorite.

    1. Margaret says:

      Thank, you, Elaine, and welcome! How awful of me in my one-woman band mode here to let a mental slip screw that up. Fixing…

      Welcome, Maria. Glad you found us, too, particulary just as the full-on season commences. Lots of bright days ahead. See you both soon again.

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