Answer: You're right, rose bush leaves are supposed to be green. And, yours will turn green as they mature. It's perfectly normal and natural for the new growth to emerge red or with a reddish tint. As the foliage matures it will turn to a deep green color. Not to worry! As for the shriveling buds; could be water stress or it could be an insect problem. Investigate a little further by cutting open a few of the affected flower buds. You may discover a little bud worm (look for a hole in the sepals of the bud) or you may find midge damage. If you find evidence of insects, you'll want to use a product such as Orthene. Be sure to read and follow label directions so you don't harm your rose bushes. If you find no insects or insect evidence, there may be a fungal infection. Try pruning off the affected rose buds. If the next buds that develop have the same symptoms you may need to treat your roses with a fungicide. Look in the rose care section of your garden center and you'll find several products from which to choose.
Best wishes with your roses!
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