How Does Your Garden Grow Poem?

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Song by Tim Hart And Friends

What does how does your garden grow mean?

Another theory sees the rhyme as connected to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–1587), with “how does your garden grow” referring to her reign over her realm, “silver bells” referring to (Catholic) cathedral bells, “cockle shells” insinuating that her husband was not faithful to her, and “pretty maids all in a row” referring

What grows in Mary’s Garden?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row.

What are cockle shells?

Definition of cockleshell. 1a : the shell or one of the shell valves of a cockle. b : a shell (such as a scallop shell) suggesting a cockleshell. 2 : a light flimsy boat.

What are silver bells and cockle shells?

The silver bells and cockle shells referred to in the Nursery Rhyme were colloquialisms for instruments of torture. The ‘silver bells’ were thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening of a screw.