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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 13, 2020 10:28 AM CST
I have had enough. I want no part of being scolded on the other forums for hurting people's feelings! It has gotten to the point where you can't say anything bad to anybody. Well quite frankly, that is not anything that I can be a part of.
The Orchid Forums have become tedious and boring and I think that I need to leave.
It has been nice knowing you all! Take care! The list of great people here is just too long for me to mention every one of you.
Stay safe
Be healthy and take care
Bird photography calls and I can always tend my orchids!
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2020 11:09 AM CST
Bill, I don't know what has happened. I have valued your posts and all of the great info you've shared. You will be sorely missed here. It's so important to have some pro's on each forum to get out true information. I see some spouting off false information on other forums.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 13, 2020 11:38 AM CST
I would rather not expound on my reasons. I am just tired of being chastised and threatened with banishment.
So I banished myself!
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse
Sempervivums Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2020 11:40 AM CST
I wish you'd just take a break, and then return. I've never seen any reason you should be chastised or threatened with anything.
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Name: Glenn Graham
Memphis (Zone 7b)
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BBQNBLUES
Jun 13, 2020 4:35 PM CST
@BigBill Every time I see you say "Goodbye" this image immediately pops into my imagination :)


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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Plumerias Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Ursula
Jun 13, 2020 4:43 PM CST

Moderator

Say what?? Oh noooooooooo!!!!
Bill, we need you! You are so much appreciated here, no way do we want you to leave!!

Not sure what happened here, I can only guess! Don't let the few foul apples get to you!! Sending Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 13, 2020 5:10 PM CST
Too many foul apples.
I just feel that this has become more about butterflies and unicorns and everybody gets a trophy.

As much as I will miss the Orchid Forums, and my friends there in, I can no longer deal with other stuff. I really want to vent, but I won't do that.

My good friend Ken has my e-mail address so you can still reach me regarding orchid questions. Ursula, Elaine and Lindsey, I will miss you very much.
I am taking over the Newsletter up here for the Ann Arbor Orchid Society so that will demand my attention.
And I am going to be a Grandpa!!!! Hip hip hooray!!!
Take care all.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Plumerias Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums
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Ursula
Jun 13, 2020 5:22 PM CST

Moderator

Going to be a Grandpa is certainly wonderful, congratulations! Enjoy! Thumbs up
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LarryCrutchley
Jun 13, 2020 10:24 PM CST
BigBill

I've only been here for a short time but i really have enjoyed what you have posted.Hate to see you go.

Congratulations on being a Grandpa. Thumbs up I'm gonna be a Grandpa myself again in 2 months.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Plumerias Orchids Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums
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Ursula
Jun 14, 2020 7:00 AM CST

Moderator

Bill, hopefully you are not totally disassociated yet from us and might still read this -

I have come across some of the conversations which might have triggered your decision. Perhaps not coming to help by answering questions as you are inclined to do, for a while, might not be a bad idea? As the song goes, Let it go, let it go!! Chat with us instead and it would be lovely to see others we haven't seen in a while, drop in too! 💕
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 14, 2020 7:15 AM CST
I really don't care anymore.
I really did not like being told by Australis that I was being watched. I thought, you know I am 71, and I am being watched! Really?

It is my opinion that this has slipped so much in the last 18 months, it is now all about not hurting some ones feelings. This is not about gardening as much as it is about feelings. That just spoke volumes to me.
I have my first grandchild coming, I am getting a web site up to sell my bird images, I am involved in judging, my yard and my kids and I am not really into worrying about every single word I say because of feelings. Nah, I'm done.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
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Australis
Jun 14, 2020 7:36 AM CST

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Bill, I'm really sorry you took it that way. I actually hadn't meant that I was watching or monitoring your behaviour at all, just that I had been following that thread! (I usually do with threads concerning accounts because I'm a plant admin, plus I'd replied to it so I was notified of responses.)

I wish you all the best and enjoy being a grandfather.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 14, 2020 8:23 AM CST
Thanks.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 14, 2020 4:34 PM CST
Bill, hope this is not too late, but I'd just like to add the weight of my regret, if you do leave us.

We all appreciate you here. Please, as others have suggested, just take a break and come back when you are ready.

There should be no personal attacks, and no feelings involved in a gardening discussion. I'm on a couple of other forums on Florida gardening on Facebook, and there certainly are miserable people and 'trolls' on every forum. The Admins are in charge of keeping the peace, and reminding people when they get personal to keep the conversations civil and constructive. They do on occasion dismiss people who are habitual offenders, but I'm sure that's not you.

Some people hate to be told they're wrong, no matter who tells them. I think I am a very even-tempered person but there have been threads I've had to abandon because a person resorted to personal attacks when I and others gave their opinions. On Facebook, you just "turn off notifications" and on here you can just "unwatch" a thread.

Please "unwatch" those threads where you're having troubles, and stay with us? It's not easy but once you do it a few times you realize what a relief it can be.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 14, 2020 4:57 PM CST
The best I can do for now is to say I will keep my eye on the Orchid Forums.
Questions regarding orchids that all my friends pose will be looked at. Everyone from Carol to Glenn, to Cameron to Ken to Jim to Elaine and Lindsey will get an opinion slash answer from me. I apologize if I forgot some one. Oops I forgot Gina. Damn! Sorry.
But I am not answering questions from new members on orchids. They will have to build up a little Street Cred! Now there is something I just thought I would never say in a gardening forum! Rolling on the floor laughing
I really am serious. I have had enough but for the time being I'll check in at least once a day to see if one of my friends need my help. That much I can do.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jun 14, 2020 5:06 PM CST

Moderator

Bill, that sounds reasonable and I feel a little better now!
Thank you!!💕
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Jun 14, 2020 7:08 PM CST
Hey, Bill! If the newbies need help they can read the stickies for a change. We need you on this forum.
Name: Carol
Nampa, ID (Zone 6b)
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Cedwards220
Jun 14, 2020 7:24 PM CST
Well, shoot. I used to be a regular on a different thread, and I took a break for awhile to do some genealogy. But when a question came up, my first thought was "BigBill will know the name". I'll take an answer from any of you all, because you know way more than I do on orchids. Bill, I hope you find your peace.
So, I've had this NoID for a couple years. Long enough to forget what it looked like. It just sat in my window, watching it's big sisters bloom away. I know it's a dwarf Phal, but look at the pic. Four petals and no "face". Anyone want to take a shot at a name? Appreciate anything you can tell me. ☺️ Here's a photo...

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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
American Orchid Society Judge
Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
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BigBill
Jun 15, 2020 12:55 AM CST
There is chance of getting a name on a deformed flower. How can we compare it to a normal flower. It is missing one of its segments. That segment might be two fused something's either petals or sepals. And there is no lip which completed the flower.

Most orchids get a name by the hybridizer. If this came out cross and looks like this every single time, they would not name it.
The best chance you have is to flower it as a complete flower and hopes somebody might recognize it.
Rodney Wilcox Jones, my idol!
Businessman, Orchid grower, hybridizer, lived to 107!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Irises Amaryllis Bromeliad Brugmansias Master Gardener: Florida
Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Birds Orchids Herbs Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 15, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Hurray! nuff said.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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