I am intrigued by the daffodils, which have been solidly frozen this last week.  They are very limp out in the garden and, if they opened before this cold spell, they are essentially done: rapidly heading towards that translucent stage which speaks of their age.  However, if mostly closed, they can be brought inside; there, in a matter of hours, they will open quite nicely.  They will also, I suspect, last as long as any other cut daffodil. I suppose that this is the same mechanism which permits the florist to have a cooler of unopened buds and time them perfectly for the event in question.  Interesting to see it in action in nature!

The question is, how long can they last in this dormant stage outside?