Bulbs that lived in the garage, beneath the car seat, under the bed, in your purse, etc. over the winter probably won’t cooperate as they didn’t get time to put down roots and get established. That said, tuck them in a hole and see what happens. They might recover for next year, you never know. This is one of the most common questions I used to get in spring when I did radio Q&A until recently on Sirius satellite. People all over the country came upon a lost stash of bulbs. You are not alone! You are right on track asking all the right questions to become…egads!…a GARDENER. Caveat emptor…it gets worse (more plants, more questions, more chores).