Gallery for April 22, 2013: Roses are red, my love ...

gjefferies@bradenton.comApril 22, 2013 

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It was Christmas time in 1946 when Ed Dick gave a box of roses to his girlfriend, Joanne.They stuck the baker's dozen of American Beauties into the ground in Miami until they were dug up and moved to Bradenton some 50 years ago. Today the plant grows at the corner of their Bayshore Gardens home, still producing beautiful flowers, a testament to a beautiful relationship. Ed and Joanne Dick, now in their early 80s, will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary. "My temper was really bad when I was younger and everyone was concerned how Joanne was going to handle me and anyone that puts up with me has to be incredible, and she is," said Ed. "Love is blind and also stupid," said Joanne with a smile as she gently touched his head. Through the years, the couple have lived a life of service, opening their home and hearts to hundreds of homeless and others needing a family.

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It was Christmas time in 1946 when Ed Dick gave a box of roses to his girlfriend, Joanne.

They stuck the baker's dozen of American Beauties into the ground in Miami until they were dug up and moved to Bradenton some 50 years ago. Today the plant grows at the corner of their Bayshore Gardens home, still producing beautiful flowers, a testament to a beautiful relationship. Ed and Joanne Dick, now in their early 80s, will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary. "My temper was really bad when I was younger and everyone was concerned how Joanne was going to handle me and anyone that puts up with me has to be incredible, and she is," said Ed. "Love is blind and also stupid," said Joanne with a smile as she gently touched his head. Through the years, the couple have lived a life of service, opening their home and hearts to hundreds of homeless and others needing a family.

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