You know exactly how many bags of mulch will fit in your trunk and just how to arrange those bags so you can maximize all the space.
You swore you would never put bags of mulch in your back seat but now you also know how many bags of mulch will fit in your back seat.
You keep your own plastic protector sheets from previous garden center visits in your trunk for any impromptu trips that result in you buying more plants.
You have a trunk tidy from England to help keep all those plants upright in the trunk.
You keep a trowel, some plastic bags and an extra pair of gardening gloves in your trunk so that if someone offers to let you dig up a little plant, you are all set. Bonus points if you also have an extra pair of pruners in the glove compartment, just in case.
You have a bumper sticker on your car that says "I stop at all garden centers". Bonus points if you've also purchased a vanity license plate with something like ILUVPLTS on it. Or ILUVGDNG. Or FLOWERS. Or GDNGROX.
You are convinced that if you visualize the plants fitting in your car, they will fit, especially if you get some friends to help shove them in the back of your SUV.
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You've considered buying a convertible because you could lower the top to make it easier to haul big trees and shrubs in the back seat.
Your friends automatically wipe their hands across the seat in your car before they get in so they don't end up with mulch or leaves stuck to their hind end when they get out of your car.
Your car is seen so often in the parking lot of the local garden center that friends and family are beginning to wonder if you actually work there.
You've purchased so many plants in one trip to the garden center that it looked like anyone who came with you would have to hold a plant or two or three in their laps for the drive home. Bonus points if you bought so much it took two trips in your car to get it all home. Subtract points if you ever left friends or family stranded, even for a short time, because you drove the plants home first.
And finally, you might be a gardening geek in your car if you bought a truck for gardening because that would make it easier someday to bring home a big bottle tree and an old rusted out wheelbarrow.