Claire Johnson is the Digital Sales Coordinator here at WHNT News 19. Claire joined the ranks at WHNT in May 2016, and is thrilled to be part of such an amazing team.
Growing up, Claire split her time between upstate New York and Huntsville. She attended college at the State University of New York at Oswego where she majored in Broadcasting and Mass Communication. She then made her final move to settle down in Huntsville in the fall of 2009.
Claire is happy to be a part of the WHNT News 19 team, and loves working on the digital side of sales, where she is always learning something new.
School has started which means fall is just around the corner. As we move towards autumn, some of your flowers may have begun to fade, including those you planted to attract hummingbirds. For the next several weeks, hummingbirds will need and appreciate nectar before they migrate south. Here are some hummingbird-attracting flowers that bloom late in the summer that can help bring these birds to your garden this fall. Supertunias and Superbells bloom in the summer and most are day-length […]
Succulent plants are becoming quite popular for indoor and outdoor gardens. If you’re looking to add one to your outdoor landscape, Delosperma, also known as Ice Plant, may be worth a try. Ice plant is a low-growing, creeping succulent. The name does not come from its love of cold, but instead from its blooms and foliage that resemble ice crystals or frost. As most succulents, Ice Plant is a low maintenance addition to your garden. Plant it somewhere that receives […]
Summer is great, but the heat and humidity of our summers in the south is not for everyone, or every flower. But Ruellia, also known as Mexican Petunia, loves hot, humid weather. Plant Ruellia somewhere where it can get part or full sun in the garden. It can tolerate more moisture than most plants, even thriving where drainage is poor. The most popular color of Mexican petunia is purple, but some varieties can bloom white or pink. It can grow […]
Lavender can be a strikingly beautiful addition to your garden, and for most, growing it in the summer is pretty easy and straightforward. But planting lavender in your permanent garden and getting it to come back in the winter can be tricky. Here are some facts and tips to help you successfully grow lavender in your garden: Lavender is an evergreen herb, with silvery grey foliage and blue to purple flowers in the summer. Its recognizable scent comes from its […]
If you want to propagate your plants, or make more plants from the plants you already have, there are several ways to do so successfully. One is by rooting cuttings and having them set up in a misting chamber. But if you’re not in a position to do that, layering may be an easier way. Using shrubs or vines that have low branches close to the ground, you can try layering the branch under soil to encourage the growth of […]
Hibiscus is often associated with island breezes, sandy beaches, and fruity drinks, but these tropical hibiscus flowers can’t last through our winters. Luckily there’s a variety of hibiscus that is well-suited for our area. Hibiscus Syriacus, also known as Althea or Rose of Sharon, is a summer blooming shrub. It can easily grow from eight to fifteen feet tall. Its blooms can be single or double, with colors ranging from white, to pink, to lavender, or red. During the winter, […]
Finding a plant to use for privacy or a screen that can grow in sun or shade, that grows quickly but not too quickly, and that gets large but not too large may sound like an impossible request. But Japanese Cleyera may be just what you’re looking for. Cleyera has shiny and smooth leaves that will stay through the winter. New growth typically begins with a burnt orange color which will change to a dark green in the summer. The […]
Chinese Privet is one of Alabama’s most invasive weeds, and one that you should not have in your yard. This evergreen shrub is often grown as a hedge or screen, but can be 20-30 feet tall in the wild. It has fragrant white flowers in the spring and later produces abundant small berries that birds like. This contributes to the plant’s quick multiplication from underground root sprouts and seed scattering by birds. Privet can tolerate a wide range of conditions, […]
WHNT News 19 partnered with Make-A-Wish Alabama for a telethon to raise money for children with critical illnesses in our state. While Make-A-Wish is a national non-profit, the money we raise in Alabama goes to Alabama children who are still waiting for a wish. There are 250 across the state, 81 just in North Alabama. The average wish cost is $8,000 and come with a wait time of six months to two years. Their goal is to get the average […]
Living in the south, you or someone you know is bound to have a Crape Myrtle. If you have one, it may be affected by a new and invasive intent that is attacking Crape Myrtles. Here are some ways to identify the insect, and what to do about it. The insect is called Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. It usually shows itself by white, flaky, almost cotton-like pieces on the trunk, caused when the honeydew secreted by the crawling insects begins […]
The long days and high temperatures of summer will have you looking for shade to get a break from the heat. If you have a pergola over your patio, consider planting a kiwi vine to provide that shade. Kiwi vines are fast growing with woody stems. They show rapid growth in the summer, but lose their leaves during the winter, which means they’ll start back where they left off the following year. These vines grow well in full sun, but […]
The perennial Hosta is a staple for any shade garden, but if you don’t have room in your garden, if your soil is too poor, or if you don’t have a shade garden, you can plant them in pots and still enjoy them for many years. Here are some tips for successful planting in pots: First, make sure your pot is large enough to accommodate the Hosta as it gets larger. Try one that’s 18-20 inches wide. If you don’t […]