― 'Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?With silver bells and cockle shells,And pretty maids all in a row.' ∙ Mary, Queen of ScotsOnce again, there are two very different interpretations of the meaning of this nursery rhyme. ∙ The first states that Mary was Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587). ∙ 'How does your garden grow?' is referring to her reign over the realm. The 'silver bells' are a reference to the sanctus bells and Mary's Catholicism, 'cockle shells' [...].