It's time to come clean - I am a killer and I have been for quite some time.
Try as I may, I can't seem to keep pot plants alive, to the point where there is more brown than green on my balcony.
I have constantly baffled my green-thumbed friends with my ability to kill off geraniums, the supposedly indestructible cockroach of the gardening world. Even one of my succulents, an odd cactus-looking growth that's supposed to function without water or attention, shuffled off recently.
The sympathetic man who sells me plants at the markets most weekends is amazed I keep coming back, but there's something special about having a bit of green space around your home.
And I'm not the only one - a friend once called me on the verge of tears after a wandering cow stripped bare the lemon tree I gave her (yes, this does actually happen in rural New South Wales).
This affection for a small patch of greenery also plays into a person's home-buying habits, according to this year's Husqvarna Global Garden Report.
Compiled by independent research firm Kairos Future, the report states that 65 per cent of Australian house-hunters are willing to pay more for a property if it is located close to some green space.
A little bit of parkland is seemingly more attractive to homebuyers than having restaurants, shopping centres or even decent nightlife nearby.
The report - which also includes responses from China, the US, Britain and several European countries - also states that city dwellers living close to green spaces are less likely to suffer from stress.
And people want more of it: the report states that the demand for more trees, lawns and flowers throughout cities outweighs the desire for additional cycle lanes and even parking spaces.
Despite this, Husqvarna Group president and chief executive Hans Linnarson says the number of green spaces are actually shrinking in some cities, with the equivalent of 2½ Hyde Parks of greenery paved over in London each year. ''This is an urgent problem that must be addressed,'' he says.
''Neglect green spaces for too long and soon people who are able will leave the city for the suburbs and countryside.
''That was the case in the 19th century and it will be so for the 21st as well. In the long run, this is not sustainable.''
Many cities are acting on the demand with the introduction of vertical gardens and increasing the amount of rooftop greenery. Paris is hoping to convert 70,000 square metres of rooftops into green space within the next eight years.
Meanwhile, I'll keep trying to do my part - at least I'm keeping the nurseries in business.
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