I would argue that waving daisies are only ever important if they matter to the character. My medical romances are contracted to come in between 50k and 55k words. That is NOT a lot of time to spin the tale. And whether you are writing category romance or stand alone, the story revolves around the love interests.
Setting is important to root your reader, but you can get away with only having pieces of it. In my opinion, include only what is integral to the character in that moment. What’s pushing them forward – or holding them back?
And while, she isn’t teaching it again this year, Linnea’s deep point of view (POV) class really touches on only noticing the things your character notices. If the character can’t see the crooked doorknob from the driveway than neither can the reader!
[stepping off soap box now]