The variety of rose included in your gift has outer petals which protect the rose bud on its journey from the grower to your door. 

These outer ‘guard’ petals may be brown or discoloured in appearance - this is their natural colouring. As the rose opens they will sit underneath the rose head. If you don't want them, it's perfectly safe to remove them.

Example removal of a guard petal.

For more help on caring for your flowers, please visit Flower & Plant Care Tips