St Julians Club Autumn Newsletter 2019

Garden News & Christmas & Club Events 2019 St Julians Club Newsletter Club Events 2019 Quiz & Pizza Night Second Thursday of each month 10 October, 14 November, 9 January, 13 February, 12 March and 9 April We hold a fun monthly quiz in the bar, open to teams of up to 6, with homemade pizzas and caesar salad on the menu. It is at 8pm on the second Thursday of each month, why not join us? £1 per person entry. Halloween Thursday 31 October, 4pm - 6pm This year we are planning an early evening event for our younger members, so we welcome you to join us for Halloween tea before you go out to trick or treat, with an interactive Halloween disco suitable for ages three to eleven years. Christmas Our festive Christmas menu is available frommid-November with smaller bookings seated in the restaurant and larger party bookings in the Gallery or Lounge and Conservatory for no additional charge. We can seat up to 100 guests. We are always flexible to our member’s needs so if the formal seated menu is not what you are looking for or if you would prefer a simpler Christmas luncheon menu or an evening party with mingling and canapés or dancing do give us a call or email for more information. Gardeners Tip: if you are planting shrubs, be sure to use Mycorrhizal fungi; this will form a symbiotic relationship with your plant’s root enabling it to find better resources. Applied as a powder or gel directly to the roots when planting, rose plants particularly like the fungus. Garden News One of the projects for the vegetable gardens this year was to see if we could be ‘self- sufficient’ with cucumber, and we are happy to say that this has been an overwhelming success. We have also been supplying the kitchen with new potatoes, delicious yellow courgettes, ‘rainbow’ beetroot, heritage carrots, beefsteak and cherry tomatoes and five different types of beans; all this in spite of the occasional visit from the local stag who is particularly partial to beet-greens and bean plants. Any vegetables not required by the kitchen were available for sale on the table outside the bar and the runner beans and cucumbers were especially popular this year! We are now harvesting a colourful variety of winter squash, which will be featured on the menu over the next few months. Club members who have wandered up to our vegetable gardens will have noticed many beautiful flowers in amongst the vegetables. We have grown these ‘cutting’ flowers not only to add a splash of colour, but also so that we can supply the house with interesting fresh flowers for the table and mantlepiece displays. All of these plants have been grown from seed or cuttings and propagated in our greenhouses; the dahlias and sunflowers have been especially successful this year. The giant purple echinops ‘blue globe’ in the conservatory bed attracted a lot of attention this year, however it was in danger of taking over the border! We have therefore decided to lift and divide it over the winter so we hope to have a number of small plants for sale in the spring. Keeping this bed filled only with flowers in the blue, purple and white range is sometimes a challenge, and we are always adding new and interesting plants; watch for the beautiful white foxtail lilies next summer. In addition to expanding the vegetable and cut flower beds, this winter we hope to do some maintenance work on the orchard and fruit tunnel, which is planted with raspberries, red, black and white currants and blueberries and all of these will be welcome additions to the restaurant menu. We will have lots of informal seating so no need to book a table, but do let us know if you are planning to come along! A Halloween menu will be available for those who would like to eat. FREE