Posted: 26/02/2016 at 09:14
I agree. Finish preparing your beds - digging, clearing weed roots, composting, improving drainage etc - and only then buy the plants you want to introduce. Soak each pot in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles appear then allow excess water to drip off and then, if you can see the roots going round and round the pot, tease them out a bit with your fingers, plant to the same depth it was in the pot (except clematis which need to be deeper) and water in.
Plants for growing outside that have to wait to be planted need to be kept in a sheltered corner outside rather than indoors where it's too warm/dry/draughty.
Leftover bulbs need planting now. Put them in pots if needs be and plant out when your beds are ready. As it's late, they may not flower this year but at least they will grow leaves which will feed the bulb to provide next year's flowers.
Preparation and patience are essential gardener's traits.