Answer: At blooming time the bulbs seem to me to be a bit less firm than when they were planted, but this is in proportion to the fact that they are a bit depleted from having produced the bloom and foliage and have not grown and replenished themselves for the season yet. In any case they should not be smushy, discolored or smell bad. They should still be quite recognizable as daffodil bulbs. If they have not grown there are some possible explanations, varying from the location being too wet and causing them to rot, the soil being a heavy clay and causing them to rot, or even being planted very late and reflecting insufficient chilling or simply "running late" as a consequence... Remember too that some bulbs intended for forcing (such as Paperwhites) are not hardy and would freeze and rot if planted outdoors in a cold winter area.
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