I have many azaleas with crispie brown buds this year. We had a drought last fall, but I watered regularly and definitely if I saw one droop the whole row got watered. We also had a strange winter. First hard freeze was late, in dearly Dec. and it had been quite warm, mid 80's just before. Then it warmed for about 6 weeks then froze again and then the same pattern for the 3rd time.
I'm assuming that the crispy brown buds on several azaleas both once bloomers and some Encores was do to the hard freeze following very warm temps.
Just in case, is there some disease I should look for that causes this?