Magic Seeds

A friend passed along some seeds a year or so ago. She said they came from a plant called the Maltese Cross. Well the seeds were ready and survived to germinate and grow to maturity in our garden.
   So it happened that in the middle of summer when the heat is the hottest in the northeast we were treated to a glimpse of a red that is spectacular. The contrast of colours is stunning and you would know by now that I would have to paint them on the spot. I have taken some seeds from this years plants and will sow them also in the hope of making another painting in the future.