Sundress Sunday & Summer Gardening

How I got into Gardening! 

Here We Grow!

Not many people know this about me but, it has always been my dream to host a morning show. When I was studying journalism at Sheridan College an opportunity came up to work with one of the hosts of Toronto’s Breakfast Television. I immediately jumped at the chance once I heard the collaboration was with with the one and only, Frankie Ferragine (aka Frankie Flowers). I fondly remember waking up for school each morning to the smiles of the hosts of BT, Frankie included.

It took a bit of time to get the ball rolling as I was still a student and Frankie’s schedule is jam packed. After a few meetings we hit the ground running and put our ideas to motion. Frankie’s main objective was to tap into a young perspective on where the industry is heading.

Photos by the talented Thrillhouse Studios

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

I am so proud to say now I look up to Frankie not only as a mentor and sponsor, but also a friend. He has helped me move up in my career and has supported me along my moments of doubt. The life of an on-air personality is not always an easy road, but I can honestly say it is a gratifying one.

Forever I will have this Frankie Flowers quote in my mind when it comes to my career, “if you’re not growing, you’re rotting”. 

I now shoot and edit all of his monthly Facebook content for his Frankie Flowers Facebook page. I am also proud to say he has allowed me to join him monthly in a video called, “Novice to Expert” a concept we created together. The episode features a novice gardener asking and engaging the audience with seasonal gardening queries from Frankie’s audience.

With all of that being said, I have had the opportunity to learn more about gardening and growing my own green thumb! My parents have always been big gardeners but I haven’t really dove into the trade until now.

Catch-up on – Novice to Expert Episode 1, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

5 Simple Gardening Tips for the Novice Gardener

I wanted to share with you some of my summer tips for improving your gardening skills this season.

1.Build a Gardening Portfolio: Put all of your garden information in one place like binder or folder. You know those little plastic guides you find in plants when you first buy them? Keep them all in one place as they will outline exactly what you need to know to care for your chosen plants. It can be helpful and fun to create a scrap book for your garden with all of these items. And mark down garden milestones, for instance, your first red tomato!

This will help you keep track of what you have in your garden and keep you excited on your green thumb progress.

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

2. Keep it simple: Start with a vegetable plant or a succulent for your desk space. A home DIY can get you into the groove of taking care of something for a long time. Usually when you start gardening you either, kill your plants with kindness or neglect. Keep it simple at the beginning with a single plant to get your mind thinking about your garden. I suggest a basil plant, vegetable plant like a tomato bush or a succulent. Of course look into the time of year and what is best to plant when. Succulents are a great place to start any time of the year and a beautiful addition to your space.

3. Get to know your site: It is so important to first know what type of environment you can offer your green friends before buying plants. If you have southern exposure, full shade, full sun or you live in extreme condition you are going to want to keep this in mind when making your plant purchase. Ask someone at the garden store or do some research on which plants fair best in your site’s conditions!

(Photo below features the Zwilling Flower Shear in White – you can see the full spectrum of colors and read my review after the tips!)

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

4. What does your dream garden look like?: If you have a plotted out dream garden in your mind you have a garden style already! Determining your garden style is important. This means the plants you choose will fit your taste and you will be more likely to take care of your leafy pals.

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

5. Make a plan: Do you want to expand to a large garden or would you like to keep it minimalistic. Whether you are planing for a condo patio space or a backyard oasis, you need to know what will go where. Remember plants grow to there environment. Know how big you can expect your plant to grow and if it will affect other plants from being successful around it. I.e. if you have a large tree over top of a flower bed this can work to help or inhibit their growth in the future. Having a plan helps you avoid these costly mistakes.


Bonus: Continue to further your gardening knowledge. Gardening can be a fabulous hobby. Not only do you get to showcase beautiful foliage in your space. But you can also take part in growing your own food for dinner. There are truly only benefits to having a green thumb. I don’t know about you but I always picture what I would do if I was stranded on a desert island! Gardening would certainly come in handy!

Amanda Weldon Exploring Dundurn Castle with Zwilling White Hand Gardening Shears

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Zwilling Flower Shears (White Seen Above)

Personally I also use the Zwilling Flower Shears because they are the perfect tool for my home gardening needs. I absolutely love them because you can get them in different colors and they cut through sticky stems and branches with a clean cut.

Any time I bring flowers home I like the idea of having a specific tool to cut them with versus my everyday scissors. Also, they have a handy sliding lock that secures the blade for extra safety. A definite must, because these babies are sharp!

You can find them here on their website

And you can shop some of my top pick for end of summer sundresses below

Zwillings Flower Shears

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