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Planty Wishes for 2016| UJB

by Barbara-

This month’s UJB theme is about spreading Planty Wishes for the new year. 

My lacy tree philodendron (Philodendron selleoum) my very first plant purchase, is my plant inspiration for this post. As I look at its big size and sprawl, it reminds me of how far it has come. It’s as if it has its arms wide open ready for an embrace. There is some sort of vulnerability and openness to it. It also evokes transparency, as if it has nothing to hide.


So, in light of this, just like its many flourishing leaves, I hope for growth and abundance in the new year for family, friends and anyone reading this. I pray for health, productivity, success and great friendships in the coming year. I also pray that we, as a people, will have tolerance for those we view as different, have patience for others and grow in understanding, correct lovingly, forgive those who have wronged us, and have compassion for those who in your eyes do not deserve it.

May we grow in love and embrace others in need around us. I pray that we will in fact, be able to recognize those in need. May we treat others in the same way we would want to be treated and go beyond and above what is expected of us in our daily lives. May we carry out in our jobs/careers with integrity, open to our loved ones and strive to be honest in everything we do. Happy 2016 everyone!




Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.


  1. Rachel

    Lovely plant that makes a huge statement! But the pot looks small: was it ever re-planted? Does it require a lot of sun?

    14 . Jan . 2016
    • Barbara

      Yes, this is the second pot it has been in. I will have to repot again this spring. It doesn’t require sun, just bright indirect light. I have it in a north-east window now. However, for 2 years, I had it in a North-facing window, so I think it can thrive in medium to low light.

      14 . Jan . 2016
  2. Rachel

    What a beautiful plant! It really makes a huge statement 🙂 But yet the pot looks small for such a big plant: what is ever transplanted?

    14 . Jan . 2016
  3. Rebecca

    Another love of mine..Need to get another.. I have a Split-leaf that I brought back from the brenks of death..Doing pretty ..

    27 . Dec . 2015
  4. Mirjam

    Wouw, what a plant. In our shop (flowers and plants) we sell one like that, but not as big as yours. I think i’ll take him with me ;-). I like ‘The plants at yours’, never knew that someone can have so many plants, even at the toilet !!
    Happy and healthy 2016 for you and all your plants. Planty Greetings, Mirjam

    23 . Dec . 2015
  5. Judith

    Thank you Barbara for the beautiful wishes filled with hope and plants for the new year. The open-ness of your Philodendrons is such a nice metaphore for all we need in 2016 <3. I wish you a lovely Christmas break and hope to read more planty goodness here in the new year! xx

    21 . Dec . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thanks, and have a Merry Christmas as well.

      21 . Dec . 2015

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