Hi Pauline! Not daft at all, it's how we learn, by asking questions!
Yes, the pods contain the seeds....here's a reliable link for you
I usually sow my seed directly into a few big outdoor pots in March. Never fails. Yes, the flowers are later than plants raised in a greenhouse or overwintered in a cold frame, but they catch up eventually! I'm picking around 2 big bunches of flowers every day, now, because the more you pick, the more you get!
I've always found them the easiest flowers to grow, but some people find them tricky.
Best of luck!