@JessiC – It sure sounds like you’ve got a heck of a disease going around your yard! It could be that or it could be drought causing your flowers to brown and die before blooming.
It's so disgusting for your buds to die before you ever even get near a flower vase!
Are you in a dry climate, or has your area lacked a lot of rain? I would try some good old love and care for your flowers first to see if that worked - lots of water and fertilizer.
If that doesn’t help, then you might want to go to your local nursery with a sample of the disease ridden buds. They will probably have a very good idea of what your problem is. More importantly, they will probably have a solution!