i don't really take a fancy in growing flowers myself either unitl now.... zander brought home bulbs, bless 'em.
with a warm october and november, the bulbs were sitting out on the porch prior to planting them..uh oh. they might have become a little crispy and now are dead, time will tell!
i planted them:
~staggered and in somewhat in a line (which i read is very boring..uh oh again).
~on the east side of the house with only 5ish hours of sun (probably another uh oh, however, the exterior of the house stays warm and might help)
~in well drained soil (compliments of u. kenny)