Posted: 29/04/2015 at 12:52
Your neighbour was lucky. His bulbs could have dried out, gone mouldy or turned to mush if they'd been badly stored and he'd have lost most if not all.
Daffodils in the ground start putting out their roots towards the end of August. This helps rehydrate them ready for pushing up their shoots when soil temps are right for them and they will produce better flowers in the long run. the big hyrbid tulips, on the other hand, are more at risk from the tulip fire virus if planted too early so late November is best for them.
Make sure he doesn't cut off the foliage too early and encourage him to feed them with a general purpose fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.